Triangle pose, Trikonasana, is a standing pose that strengthens the knees, ankles and thighs. This pose also stretches various body parts because it uses the lower body. Some parts include the hips, thighs, hamstrings, calves and groin. But it also stretches the shoulder as part of the upper body. Being a standing pose, triangle also tones the body as most standing poses do. This toning comes because you have to fully engage the body to successfully be in the pose. Triangle pose tones the legs, reduces stress, and increases stability.
Triangle pose opens the chest and shoulders, creating an easy passage for breathing opening the lungs. A deep stretch is created for the hamstrings, hips and groin. These things combined can help to relieve lower back pain, stress, and the digestive system. This pose will help to stimulate the organs and improve metabolism. Triangle pose can be therapeutic for anxiety, infertility, and even sciatica. It is true that triangle pose engages the whole body creating balance and stability, but it also engages the mind, allowing you to calm and center yourself. This pose can help to create a mindset of confidence and courage, helping to build grace and poise both on and off the mat.
To successfully do triangle pose, stand with you feet hip distance apart and your arms at you side. Step your feet apart, creating a distance of 4 to 5 feet apart, making sure that your heels are aligned with each other. Turn your right foot at a 90 degree angle while pivoting your left foot to a 45 degree angle. Root yourself through your ankles. Raise your arms to the side shoulder height so they are parallel to the floor. Reach forward through your right side and bend at your right hip, making sure not to let your torso drop. Engage your core. Your right hands should be touching the floor (if this is difficult use a block and rest your hands on the block). Turn your left palm facing forward and your left arm should be up to the sky. Gently turn your head and gaze towards the ceiling. Hold this pose for about a minute. To release from this pose, press firmly through your left heel and lift your torso and lower your arms. Repeat on the other side.