Trikonasana (Triangle) – 3 (tri) angle (kon) pose (asana)
How to get there
From Warrior II, straighten your front leg (the right leg to start).
Reach the right arm towards the front of the room, engaging your right thigh as you go.
Drop your right hand down onto your shin or ankle. If you are more open, bring your right hand to the floor on the inside or outside the right foot. Do whichever one feels most comfortable.
The left shoulder stacks on top of the right one as you open your chest, reaching the left fingertips towards the ceiling while keeping your left shoulder rooted in its socket.
Take your gaze up toward your left fingertips.
Draw the right thigh muscles upwards, deepening the the crease in your right hip.
Microbend your right knee.
Repeat with your left leg forward.
Triangle pose is fantastic for Winter as it stretches the whole kidney meridian from the sole of the foot up the inner thigh, though the groin up to the collar bone, stimulating the movement of energy and strengthen the kidneys. By twisting to the side, this poses helps get into the Bo point of the kidney energy at the side of the waist where stagnant energy can collect so a great way to flush this out and revitalise the body.
Stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles
Stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine
Stimulates the abdominal organs
Helps relieve stress
Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
Relieves backache, especially through second trimester of pregnancy
Therapeutic for anxiety, flat feet, infertility, neck pain, osteoporosis, and sciatica
Brace your back heel or the back of your torso against a wall if you feel unsteady in the pose.
High blood pressure: Turn the head to gaze downward in the final pose.
Neck problems: Don’t turn your head to look upward; continue looking straight ahead and keep both sides of the neck evenly long.