Trikonasana – Triangle Pose

Trikonasana is also known as the Triangle Pose, and may be daunting at first to the average beginner. It takes more flexibility than the poses previously discussed, but with practice, anyone can eventually do it.

Begin by standing with your feet a shoulder width apart. Then, turn your left toes in slightly and rotate your right thigh open until your right toes point directly to the opposite side. Keeping both legs straight, push and feel your energy flowing through your feet and pulling your thighs up. Spread your arms wide at shoulder height, and roll your front thigh open and hinge at the front hip. Finally, lengthen your spine toward the front foot and release your bottom palm to the front ankle, a yoga block placed on the outside of the front ankle, or the seat of a chair.

If you find yourself having difficulty, start by using a relatively high chair, and then move down from progressively shorter blocks until you can easily hold the pose with your palm flat on the ground. Try to keep your arms completely straight, with your head looking up in the direction of your left arm pointing upwards. This pose creates a strain focusing particularly on your hamstrings and inner thighs, so it will end up stretching out those muscles and helping your balance as you change your center of balance to center more on the frontward weight distribution you create.

This pose creates a unique body expansion that compresses most of your body into an uncomfortably forward focused pose. The time you should hold this pose varies from person to person depending on the strength of the muscles used and their flexibility, so to find out a schedule customized to yourself, hold the pose past the point of feeling a burn until you feel it becoming unbearably uncomfortable. While it’s good to stretch and push your limits, you should only do this gradually. Otherwise, you risk injury and straining a muscle that would take an unpleasantly long time to recover from. Be smart about physically stressing positions. It’s a good idea to practice yoga with a partner so that they can act as a spotter for more difficult and advanced poses and stop you from overexerting yourself beyond what you can handle at the moment.

TIP: Turn Off Your Cell Phone Now knowing the physical difficulty of some poses, imagine that you’re deep in the middle of Trikonasana when you hear a chirping ringtone fill the oftentimes acoustic room, bouncing off the walls and back. The sudden sound could easily break someone out of their concentration and cause a hand or leg to slip, thus creating an injury such as a muscle being pulled, etcetera.

Even if it doesn’t, leaving your cell phone ringer on or even bringing it at all can provide a risk in breaking everyone out of the peaceful zen created. Besides the risk of the initial ringer tone, it’s inevitable that stopping the phone and then turning it off will involve more noisy rummaging through bags, jangling car keys, and who knows what. To stop this from happening in the first place, it’s a good idea to not bring your phone in the first place. Although it’s understandable to bring a cell phone in case of emergencies, try to avoid bringing your phone as much as necessary if possible. Yoga should be a relaxing part of your day, and cell phones have been scientifically to cause stress and act as a symbol of stress in relation to work and other responsibilities that a person doesn’t necessarily want to think about when they’re trying to distress. Who knows, you might even grow to like not carrying around a cell phone at all times. Yoga doesn’t have to be intense and you don’t have to be an advanced yogi to enjoy it. It might be as simple as turning it into a casual weekly or even monthly fun hangout with your friends going together to a yoga class and then having a light brunch afterwards without the other people checking their phone for texts or answering calls and other social media in the middle of the meal.

It can prove to be wonderfully enriching to enjoy human company at a slow and peaceful pace without the familiarity hustle and bustle created by technology and electronics. It doesn’t take much effort to begin learning how to do yoga what with the current popularity and ubiquitousness of yoga in society and the media. Besides classes at the gym, which might be expensive due to requiring a membership or additional fee, there are also plenty of DVDs or video tutorials you can watch for free borrowed from the local library or online on YouTube or another site. Yoga is a great hobby to take up when you’re bored, since it’s another way of burning calories and distressing at the same time besides other activities such as biking or running. As another benefit, yoga doesn’t take a lot of space so you don’t even have to leave the comforts of your own home as long as you have a yoga mat and a large enough open space to fit it.Connect Mind and Body | Extended Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana) yogaposes8

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