How many hours do we spend behind a computer or telephone on a day? Even writing this I’m behind a computer. I have a pretty ‘wide one’ with me, but still my shoulders are bend forward a bit. And trying to sit up straight doesn’t always work as well. Utthita Trikonasana – triangle pose is a nice asana that can correct both problems.
Getting in to Trikonasana – triangle pose:
– Start in Tadasana
– Breath in and step back in a wide legged position. Open your arms sideways. Your wrists should be more or less above your ankles
– Turn your right foot outwards for 90 degrees and the left foot inwards a little bit.
– Stretch and firm the left leg.
– Breath out, lengthening yourselves first to the right side as far as you can and bring your right hand down towards your right ankle. If you make it, your hand can rest on the floor.
– Bring your left arm up, so it forms a straight line with the right and look up at your hand.
– Open your shoulders, pushing your shoulders blades back on your body and open your left hip.
– Stay in the pose for halve a minute.
– slowly come up and change sides.
– Stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles
– Stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine
– Stimulates the abdominal organs, improves digestion and stimulates the lower back
– Relieves backache
Source: Iyengar – Light on Yoga / Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long / Ashtanga – David Swenson / Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati