Bikram Yoga Chicago

Triangle Pose aka Trikanasana

This amazing Bikram posture intensely stretches both sides of the body. This is the only posture that works on improving every muscle, joint, tendon and internal organ in the body. At the same time, it also works to revitalize the body. This master posture is waiting for you!

The most important benefit of the Triangle pose is a full stretch of all your muscles, starting with the calves, up to the thighs and hamstrings, through the hips, across the back and abdominal muscles, all the way up to the shoulders, arms and neck. That, and the fact that the posture provides a great cardiovascular workout which will benefit your heart and overall conditioning.

Apart from the stretch, all of your joints and especially those in the lower body and shoulders will be stimulated, and their range of motion improved. Tendons as well as your internal organs (mostly the stomach, liver and spleen) will be revitalized, and blood flow to these regions will be improved.

Research shows that the Triangle Asana will also help regulate the activity of both adrenal and thyroid glands. People suffering from frozen shoulder syndrome will experience a relief in their symptoms, and those with posture problems will stand taller than ever due to the abdominal muscles being strengthened. It will improve the strength of both your hips and lower back.

Finally, the Triangle posture will help reduce some of the side-effects associated with the following conditions: constipation, low blood pressure, appendicitis, colitis, and a few menstrual disorders. It’s one of the simplest yet most beneficial exercises in the entire Bikram Yoga repertoire.

Benefits of Triangle Pose

  • Excellent cardiovascular workout
  • Opens and increases the flexibility of the hip joints
  • Reduces saddle bags
  • Good for the kidneys, thyroid and adrenal glands
  • Opens the shoulder joint and good for frozen shoulder
  • Strengthens and tones legs and buttocks
  • Helps to regulate hormone levels
  • Works all muscular groups simultaneously
  • Helps with constipation, colitis, low blood pressure, appendicitis, spondylitis and menstrual disorders

Tips for Triangle Pose

  • Stretch your arms both up and down
  • Touch the chin exactly to the shoulder
  • Keep the shoulders down
  • Push both your hips forward toward the mirror
  • Touch your lower fingers between the big and the second toe
  • When stretching your arm toward the ceiling, keep your torso flat in a straight line
  • Do not let rib cage stick out
  • Stay positive
  • Keep your hips down, sit down and do not let your hips come up
  • Most importantly, breathe
  • Throughout the entire Triangle Posture, your arms should be forming one straight line (except for the beginning of the pose when they are above your head).
  • In the later phase of the pose (once you bend your leg to form 90 degree angle), make sure that your straight leg is locked in the knee.
  • Make sure that both your feet are entirely flat on the floor throughout the entire posture; beginners, due to inflexibility, will be tempted to raise a portion of their foot off the ground to make things easier. Avoid doing that.
  • In the later phase of the pose (once you bend your leg), do not use your lower arm to support your own weight by pushing off the ground with your fingers or pushing off the knee with your elbow. Your upper body weight should be entirely supported by your pelvis, lower back and abdominal muscles.
  • Don’t let your hips move up while performing the Triangle pose as it will reduce the stretch in the pelvic area.

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