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The Triangle Pose 🧘‍♀️ Triangle Pose helps to tone the legs and practicing Triangle Pose can increase overall stability. It also opens the chest and shoulders. It can be a good stretch for those experiencing lower back pain or sciatica pain.
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One of the best ways to enter into Triangle Pose is from Warrior Two, as I demonstrate here. Your feet will already be in the perfect position, wide apart, and your hips will be squared towards the side. The toes on your front foot should be at a 90 degree angle to the front of your mat. Your back foot should be at a 45 degree angle, and both feet should be firmly planted on the earth. .
Once you have your base set up, raise your arms to shoulder height as you inhale. Try to keep them in-line with one another. The back arm will have a tendency to sag. Palms face down as you stretch your hands away from one another. .
As you exhale, straighten your front leg. Now, inhale and reach your front hand as far forward as you can, feeling the stretch through the side of your body. .
Drop your front hand to your shin or to a block on the outside of your front leg as you exhale. Your back arm should come overhead, and both arms will come into alignment, perpendicular to the earth. Stack your shoulders one on top of the other, chest opening to the sky. Imagine the hips stacking on top of one another also as you externally rotate through the back hip and thigh.
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If you have neck issues, keep your gaze straight ahead. Otherwise, look up to your top hand for a full body twist. Stay here for 3-5 breaths and then repeat on the other side.
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Please remember that feeling any sort of pain while practicing yoga IS NOT OKAY. If you need help finding a version of triangle pose that’s right for you, come see me at the gym for yoga Saturday mornings at 8:00am. . –

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– Instructor Meredith Richard