This Bikram yoga posture is exactly half way through the class; every posture up to this point has been preparation to do the Triangle Pose. It’s the only posture in the world which uses 100% of your body: every muscle, joint, organ, and major gland! It's a marriage between your heart and lungs. I like to refer to it as the peak of the mountain!
- It improves every single bone, muscle, joint, tendon and internal organ, and it revitalizes nerves, veins and tissues.
- Flexing and strengthening the last five vertebrae in this posture can alleviate crooked spines, as well as rheumatism and lower back pain.
- Triangle Pose also benefits the heart and lungs by forcing them to work together.
Alexis' Tips for Rocking this Bikram pose:
- Make sure you take a very big step; you should be clearing your towel and mat.
- Your heels are in exactly the same line, so take advantage of those blue lines!!
- Arms are far back; OPEN YOUR CHEST like a flower petal is blooming.
- The lower you sit, the better. When you move both arms at exactly the same time, the elbow should be EXACTLY in front of the knee. That way you don’t have to move your upper body so much to get your fingertips in between the big toe and second toe. This creates a triangle in between your chest and right thigh.
- It's very important to engage your thigh opposite to the side you’re doing the posture on. Contract your inner thigh muscle and keep your toes on the ground, gripping the carpet, preventing slipping.
For Hot Yoga Beginners and Tight Hippers:
- Don’t worry, you’ll get there : ). This yoga pose takes tremendous patience and never ending determination. If you imagine it, you’ll do it!
- If you can’t sit so low that your femur bone is not parallel to the floor, that’s ok! Just sit as low as you can go and still move your both arms at the same time. Don’t expect your elbow to be in front of the knee; it will get there eventually in the future when your hips open up! But try not to compensate by moving your body down lower. Keep a triangle, between your chest and the right thigh.