Pose of the Day: Trikonasana

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Trikonasana, also known as triangle pose, is my all time favorite standing asana (A Sanskrit word for a yoga posture, if you want to get all fancy). Casually weave the word trikonasana into a group conversation at a party and see where it takes you. Just a random suggestion.

Getting into the pose:

Position legs 4 feet apart. Right foot points forward as left foot is in at a 90 degree angle. Align right heel with left and stretch arms out to the sides and parallel to the mat. With legs straight and muscles engaged, shift hips back, reach right arm forward and place your right hand on your shin, ankle or around your big toe in yogi toe lock.

Alignment cues with right leg forward:

Reach through both fingertips (energy moving in both directions), left hip slightly forward, lengthen the tailbone towards the back heel, pull up on right knee cap, twist the torso to open up the chest and heart. BREATHE.

Benefits:

  • Stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles

  • Stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine

  • Stimulates the abdominal organs

  • Helps relieve stress

  • Improves digestion

  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause

  • Relieves backache, especially through second trimester of pregnancy

  • Therapeutic for anxiety, flat feet, infertility, neck pain, osteoporosis, and sciatica

There you have it folks!