Triangle pose is a classic sidebend that stretches the ankles, calves hamstrings, groin, outer hips, obliques and intercostals.
TRIANGLE POSE BENEFITS
- Stretches the calves, hamstrings, groin, obliques, chest and neck.
- Strengthens the hips and core.
- Improves spinal mobility.
Stand with your feet about a metre apart. Turn your left foot in 30 degrees and your right foot to face forwards.
Contract your quads and lift both arms up to shoulder height. Inhale, reach forward with your right fingertips. Exhale, windmill your right hand down to the mat, reach your left arm up and look up.
If you can’t touch the mat, you can take hold of your right shin or ankle. Check that your feet, knees and hips are stacked vertically on top of each other and keep your quads engaged. You can look down or straight ahead if looking up strains your neck.
Rest your bottom hand on a block to help with your alignment if your calves and hamstrings are tight.
Stay in the pose for 3-5 deep breaths on each side.
- Avoid Triangle pose if you have a foot, hip, lower back or neck injury.