How to Series: Triangle Pose
Trikonasana, or Triangle Pose, is a pose I usually always incorporate in to my yoga practice and classes. I don’t know of any other posture that stretches the sides, opens the waist, lower back, hips and inner thighs quite like Triangle pose. I always use the analogy of imagining yourself between two narrow walls when doing this pose. You try and get as sideways and compact as possible from front to back so you can lengthen from end to end.
The sides of our bodies are often neglected or squashed throughout the day. Triangle lengthens our torsos while strengthening our legs, and the combination of the two is quite exhilarating. It takes a lot of core and leg strength to support our body in this side plane. When practicing triangle we get the benefit of shapely legs, hips, lower abs and buttocks while opening up our lungs and toning our waist. Try a triangle pose now, take deep full breaths, fill up your lungs as much as you can then come up to stand and notice how much better you feel.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!