Triangle pose firms thighs and waist, opens hips, and helps alleviate rheumatism, lumbago in the lower spine and frozen shoulder. Practicing this posture regularly helps correct chemical imbalances, relieves constipation, normalizes low blood pressure and improves cardiovascular function.
By exercising the circulatory, digestive, immune, reproductive, respiratory and muscular systems, triangle pose targets and benefit every part of your body! (Maybe that's why it feels like we hold it forever!)
Here are a few tips to remember:
- Always make sure that your heels are exactly in one line. This creates the base, the foundation, the alignment for your posture.
- When you are bending your knee- don't stop until you are all the way down, with your thigh bicep/ femur bone parallel to the floor- yes, it should burn like that!
- Continue to keep your straight leg straight and strong. You may need to turn the toes in a little toward the center line of your body to help keep from slipping. Keep your foot flat on the floor with your toes relaxed.
Once your total foundation is in place, the next step is to move your both arms, making sure that the elbow is directly in front of the knee and the fingers are stretching down to touch between the big and second toe. Then turn your head and look up while stretching your arms in opposite directions. Simple, right?
Ok, you got us: it's a tough one! Remember that, really, all you have to do is try the right way. Do the best you can, breathe normally and hold absolutely still without moving. That's it. Enjoy..!!
One of the best ways to learn more about the postures is to read Bikram's "Beginning Yoga Class" book. Attend class 3 to 5 times weekly to put your learning into action and make your body smile!