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Triangle Pose - Trikonasana

Why you need it - and how to get there!

Triangle pose, also known as Trikonasana, is a foundational yoga pose that offers many benefits. This pose is named after the triangle shape that is formed by the body in the final position. Triangle pose is a standing posture that involves stretching and strengthening various muscles in the body. Here is why you need triangle in your life!

1. Stretches the hamstrings and hips

One of the primary benefits of triangle pose is that it stretches the hamstrings and hips. Tight hamstrings can lead to lower back pain and poor posture. By stretching these muscles, triangle pose can help alleviate these issues. Additionally, tight hips can contribute to lower back pain and discomfort. Triangle pose helps to open up the hips, which can improve overall flexibility and mobility.

2. Strengthens the legs and core

Triangle pose also strengthens the legs and core muscles. The legs are engaged throughout the pose, which helps to build strength in the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. Additionally, the core muscles are activated to maintain balance and stability in the posture.

3. Improves balance and stability

Another benefit of triangle pose is that it improves balance and stability. This pose requires focus and concentration to maintain proper alignment and balance. Over time, practicing triangle pose can help improve overall balance and stability both on and off the mat.

In addition to these physical benefits, triangle pose can also have mental benefits. This pose can help calm the mind and reduce stress and anxiety.

So, triangle pose is a great pose that offers numerous physical and mental benefits. By stretching the hamstrings and hips, strengthening the legs and core, improving balance and stability, and reducing stress and anxiety, this posture can help improve overall health and well-being.

To get into Triangle Pose:

1. With your hips facing the long side of the mat and your feet about 3-4 feet apart, rotate your feet to the right. Your right foot points toward the short side of the mat and the left foot angled to make sure your heel is further back than your toes.

2. Extend your arms out to the sides at shoulder height.

3. Hinge at the hip and reach your right hand down towards your right shin or ankle, while reaching your left arm up towards the ceiling.

4. Keep both legs straight and engage your core muscles to maintain balance.

5. Hold the pose for several breaths before returning to a standing position and repeating on the other side.

It's important to keep proper alignment in Triangle Pose to avoid injury. Make sure your hips are squared forward and not tilted to one side, and keep both legs straight without locking the knees.

- Sat Nam

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