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​The Perfect Trikonasana and Why It's So Good For You

​The Perfect Trikonasana and Why It's So Good For You
January 31, 2018 No comments

Many yoga poses are named after fun things like animals and great sages from yoga philosophy like Bhujangasana (cobra pose) or Vashtistasana (Side Plank, named after several sages). And then we have Trikonasana, also known as Triangle Pose... named after a simple geometric shape.

This does not, however, give a reason to skip over it and think it any less important than other yoga poses! There is a lot more going on here than meets the eye in this fundamental standing posture. Triangle Pose is a great intersection between alignment and geometry in the body that can teach us quite a bit.

Did you know there is more than 1 triangle occurring in the shape of the body in Triangle Pose?

Many people focus on the legs making a triangle shape when first learning this pose. This is a very important aspect because it is the foundation of the posture. The legs provide a great inner thigh and hamstrings stretch while strengthening the feet and calves. However, there is another important triangle to remember!

This pose is just as much about opening the side body as it is about the legs. And here is where this hidden little triangle lies: in the space under the bottom rib cage and arm. If you collapse through this area, then there will be no little triangle here... and you may even feel yourself gasping for breath in this pose!

Why is this so important?

Because stretching the rib cage helps you stretch your breathing muscles which increase your lung capacity so you bring more oxygen into your body! Not only will you feel better during this pose when you can breathe deeper... but you will feel better afterward, too!

How to Do Triangle Pose

> From Mountain Pose, step your left foot back and point it to the side.

> Reach your arms parallel to the floor and line up your ankles underneath your wrists.

> Draw the leg muscles upward and inward for support.

> Pull the rib cage back and on exhale slide to the side over the front leg.

> Place the right hand on your shin or ankle and stack the top arm directly over.

> Lengthen both sides of the waist so you stay in the side plane.

> Gaze at the top hand and stay for 5 breaths.