Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Find Balance in Trikonasana

March Pose of the Month - Triangle Pose

With spring just around the corner, we are starting to be drawn outside, back into the warmth of the sun. As the days grown longer, we seem to get busier and busier - don't let this take away from finding time for your practice. Take a moment to find your balance and stability in poses like Trikonasana.

  • Helps relieve stress and anxiety
  • Relieves back and neck pain
  • Strengthens and stretches thighs
  • Stretches the hips, groin, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest and spine
  • Stimulates abdominal organs - helps improve digestion
 How to:
  1. From Tadasana, step or lightly jump your feet 3.5 or 4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor, palms facing down. 
  2. Turn your left foot in slightly to the right and your right foot out to the right 90 degrees. Align the right heel with the left heel.
  3. Firm your thighs and turn your right thigh outward, so that the center of the right knee is in line over the right ankle.
  4. Exhale and extend your torso to the right directly over the right leg, bending from the hip joint. Find strength through the outer heel pressing firmly to the floor.
  5. Rotate the torso to the left, keeping the two sides equally long. Let the left hip come slightly forward and lengthen the tailbone back towards the back heel.
  6. Rest your right hand on your shin, ankle or the floor outside your right foot, whatever is possible without distorting the sides of the torso. A block can also be used to support you here.
  7. Stretch your left arm towards the ceiling, in line with the tops of the shoulders. Keep your head in a neutral position or turn it to the left, eyes gazing softly at the left thumb.
  8. Stay in this pose for 30 second to 1 minute. Inhale to come up. Reverse the feet and for the same length of time to the left.

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