Instructor: Neil Patel photo by Louie Solomon

Yoga 101: Triangle

Utthita Trikonasana provides a deep, full-body stretch while simultaneously challenging your balance. Begin by standing on your mat with your legs out wider and your toes pointed forward, Turn your left foot to the front of your mat and spread your arms out to straight to your sides as you shift your weight to your right foot and reach down towards your left foot. Keep your hips and chest open and facing forward as you breathe deeply and deepen your stretch. It’s ok if you only make it to your knee at first. With practice, you will eventually be able to place your palm on the floor behind your ankle.

Benefits:

  • Stretches hips, groin, legs
  • Strengthens inner thighs and obliques
  • Improves balance
  • Relieves lower back and neck pain
  • Reduces stress and anxiety 

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