Wednesday, 11 August 2010

The Extended Triangle Pose

The Extended Triangle pose is one of the best poses for beginners, but can also be altered for the experts - so if you've already signed up for yoga, don't worry - this pose is good for all levels.

The Extended Triangle pose AKA
Utthita Trikonasana is good for strengthening your legs, stretching the groins, hamstrings, and hips. It will also help with back pain.

Here's how it's done:

  1. Begin by reaching your right arm forward, drawing your right thigh upwards and tucking your hip as you come forward.
  2. Drop your right hand down onto your shin or ankle, or if you are more flexible, onto the floor inside or outside your right foot. Do what feels most comfortable.
  3. Your right shoulder will stack on top of the left one as you open your chest reaching your left fingertips upwards while keeping your right shoulder rooted in its socket.
  4. Take your gaze up toward your left fingertips.
  5. Draw your right thigh muscle upwards, deepening your right hip crease.
  6. Stack your left hip on top of your right hip.

Repeat on the left side

We hope you find this pose as relaxing and rewarding as we did! :)

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