Pose of the Month: Triangle Pose (December)
Strengthen your legs and back by adding Triangle Pose into your yoga routine.
Triangle Pose also called Trikonasana is a foundational pose that you can do in the comfort of your own home with or without props. This pose improves balance and stability both physically and mentally. It increases confidence,courage and grace while also strengthening the thighs, hips, back and knees.
Strengthens the feet, ankle, knees, legs, chest and arms.
Stimulates digestion and getting rid of constipation, acidity and gastric troubles
Reduces stress and anxiety as it stimulates the whole functioning of the nervous system
Relieves back and pain Sciatica
Tones and massages the pelvic area and the reproductive organs
Helps tone oblique muscles and all the muscles of the core.
Step by Step Guide:
Start standing at the front of your mat.
Step your left foot back about 3 - 4ft and turn it so your toes point the long side of your mat or slightly angled forward (a 45 degree angle) if your hips feel a little less mobile.
Press firmly into the four corners of your feet.
Think of your hips as a hinge - tip them towards the back of your mat and allow your upper body to lean towards your front leg.
Rest your right hand on a block or on your front leg, above or below your knee.
Stretching your left arm towards the ceiling and stretch your fingers upwards
Gaze at your top hand if it is comfortable for your neck.
Activate your core muscles - feel your abdominals drawing towards your low back and your low back drawing in towards your abdominals.
Engage your quadriceps muscles at the front of your thighs.
Work towards keeping the shoulders in the same line as the hips and pelvis by leaning your upper body back, as if trying to lay your spine against the way behind it.
Continue to hold with smooth inhales and exhales, on your inhales focus on the stretch and lift and on your exhales focus on grounding into the floor.
Stay in this pose for as long as feels comfortable before switching sides.