4 Ideas For a More powerful Triangle Pose

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If you’re feeling tight in the hips or side body, Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana) should be your go-to pose. It’s part of the primary series in ashtanga, and I always relish the moment when I know it’s coming up in the sequence: it’s perfect for giving much-needed love to muscle groups that tend to get overlooked. If you want to take this pose to the next level in your practice, here are four helpful tips to make your Triangle even stronger.

  1. Start it off right: To set up the pose in proper alignment, I like to take a few strong, deep breaths in Warrior 2 before heading into a full expression of Trikonasana. From Warrior 2, straighten your front leg – with a tiny microbend in your knee for stability, if you need it – and start pulling your torso forward, toward your front foot. Keep your arms in the traditional Warrior 2 stance as you reach forward until you feel a solid stretch.
  2. Plant your feet: Setting a strong foundation is essential in any standing pose for balance, but your Triangle will reap the benefits if your feet are planted firmly on the ground. Once you get into the initial shape, stabilize yourself by spreading your toes wide and trying to plant all four corners of your feet on the ground. Engage your quads and make sure you’re equally spreading the weight between your front and back foot.
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