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Featured Yoga Posture July 2015: Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)


Triangle Pose
(Trikonasana)
Tree-kone-ahs-ana

Trikona - Triangle
Asana - Pose

Instructions:
1. Stand toes and heel together to start, inhale arms over head and exhale take a 4 feet step with the right foot.
2. Arms are parallel to the floor, ankles under wrist.
3. Arms pull back and hips push forward, heels in one straight line.
4. Turn the right foot to a 90 degree angle and bend into right knee stacking it directly on top of ankle (making sure knee does not pass toes).
5. Not moving the lower body, tilt the arms. Right arm in front of right knee and left arm reaching in opposite direction.
6. Bring chin to the inside of left shoulder and gaze  up pass the palm of left hand.
7. Draw right shoulder forward, left shoulder back to stack shoulders on top of each other and use the right arm to push against the right knee to open hip.
8. Left leg is straight and weight even throughout both feet. (outside left foot and inside right foot)
9. Breath slow and steady.
10. Release upper body first with arms parallel to floor, then release from lunge and repeat other side.

Benefits:
- Strengthens the legs, knees, ankles, arms, and chest
- Stretches and opens the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine
- Increases mental and physical equilibrium
- Helps improve digestion
- Reduces anxiety, stress, back pain and sciatica.

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