This post is part of our Yoga for Wellness Series with Well.ca’s resident yoga expert (& Warehouse Associate) Carolyn Evans! Join us every other Tuesday as Carolyn guides you through a new pose or sequence and teaches you about its benefits.
Triangle pose has to be one of my favourite standing postures. Triangle pose is considered a beginners posture and is often seen in a lot of regular classes, however personally I feel this pose to be more advanced. Without enough flexibility and balance, many people find the posture to be quite challenging and/or uncomfortable. Follow these tips and alignment cues to help you to find your “feel good” triangle pose!
- Start standing in Mountain pose (Tadasana) at the top of your mat.
- As you exhale, step or hop your feet about 3-3.5 feet apart.
- Turn your right foot 90 degrees and turn your left foot in slightly to the right. Making sure to align your front heel with your back heel.
- Inhale to bring your arms parallel to the floor, palms facing the floor, relaxing your shoulder blades down the back.
- Exhale, and begin reaching your torso directly over your right leg, making sure to bend at the hip joint and not the waist.
- Then resting the right hand on your right shin, ankle or the floor, being mindful to keep both sides of your torso long and extended.
- Stretch your left arm up towards the sky, eyes gazing softly at your left thumb if you can.
- Hold posture for 30 seconds to a minute. To come out, using strong rooted legs come up on a inhalation. Reverse feet and repeat on opposite side.
Tips and Alignment Cues:
- As you begin extending your torso, try anchoring the movement by strengthening the left leg and pressing the outer heel into the floor.
- Allow the left hip to slightly come forward and lengthen your tailbone down towards your heel.
Tips for Beginners:
- Use of a wall is beneficial for beginners. Use the wall to brace your back heel if you feel unsteady.
- Use of a yoga block is also beneficial if it isn’t comfortable to touch the floor with your bottom hand.
- Stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees and ankles
- Helps relieve stress
- Improves digestion
- Stimulates the abdominal organs
- Relieves back pain
- Therapeutic for a number of conditions, including flat feet, anxiety, sciatica, osteoporosis and infertility
- Helps relieve symptoms of menopause
- Stretches the hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest and spine
I am a warehouse associate here at Well.ca, and I’m also Certified Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Instructor from Guelph. Yoga has helped and encouraged me to step into my true self, and I feel like anyone and everyone can benefit from practising yoga, which is why I feel the need to share my passion with the world! ♥ Namaste