First of all I took this picture in the summer time and its really making me miss being out in the sun enjoying my hikes and outdoor yoga. Anyone else going through that outdoor yoga weather withdrawal? I know that not only do I plan on being outside more this summer for my yoga practice, but that I plan on taking more than one trip to the beach. There is something about being able to wake up early and have the sunrise over the water and warm air to greet you for a morning yoga flow. So let go over triangle pose. I get questions about this a lot, not only do my students ask me questions about it, but I was beginning to wonder myself exactly if I was doing it right or not. I attended a workshop on triangle a few weeks and it has helped me understand a few things. Let me start off by saying that there is no one way to do a pose. However there are guidelines and things that you can try in order to make your pose look or feel how you would like to. Triangle in essence is a side bending pose, however some of us don’t have the hip mobility to make it one. Personally, I have turned it into a twisting pose. Some of us are great at side bends, but don’t have the knee stability or hamstring strength to uphold a strong triangle. So lets dive into this pose a little bit.
Like I said there is no one way to do any pose, so lets try this pose in a few different ways. First we will try the right side, so step forward with your right foot and keep your left foot back. Lets think about the left now is your foot facing forwards like n lunge, or do you turn your foot out like in warrior. If you keep your foot facing forwards, your hips do not open and so you use this pose as a twisting pose, if you turn your foot out then you are using this pose as a side bending pose.
Another thing to explore is how your upper body now enters the pose. once you have explored your feet in this pose it is time to see how the rest of your body acts. Do you normal fold forwards and then twist, or do you twist first and then side bend? if you fold forwards first and then twist , you eliminate the side bending involved and make this a super active twist. If you twist first and then side bend, then you are eliminating the forward fold and keeping the twist a little more passive. tey entering from both directions and see which one you like better.
Expands your chest and shoulders.
Increases mobility of your hip joints.
Increases neck mobility.
Stretches your spinal muscles.
Strengthens and tones muscles of your thights.
Stretches calf muscles, hamstrings, and hip musculature.
Increases proprioception (the sense of position in space) of feet and ankles.