This foundational pose is excellent preparation for the more advanced half moon pose. Don’t be afraid to use blocks to create space in the body as opposed to collapsing inward. It’s more important that you feel elongated than it is to make contact with the ground.
Triangle pose has the following benefits:
- stretches the backs of the legs
- strengthens the side body
1. Take a wide stance on your yoga mat. As in the warrior poses, your front foot should be pointed forward and your back foot should be at a 45 degree angle.
2. Reach your arms out to either side.
3. Bump your back hip towards the back leg.
4. Keeping your arms outstretched, reach your torso toward the front of the mat and tilt down so your torso comes parallel to the mat.
5. Let the front arm come down to rest on the ground, your ankle, shin, or a block.
6. Think about keeping your outstretched arms, torso, and legs all in one plane, as if stuck between two walls.
7. Let your gaze turn to face either of your outstretched hands.
MODIFICATIONS FOR BEGINNERS
- Resting the lowered hand on a block on its highest setting will create more space in the side body.
- Think of the crown of your head as an extension of the spine.