Utthita Trikonasana or triangle pose is a wonderful pose when looking into the lines of the body. There are five points in this poses that gives you the opportunity to feel the energy lines. You have the line in your arms, your legs and your torso. The energy lines are another subtle way to understanding poses in yoga, and help your mind stay present in the moment. Since Utthita Trikonasana has such clearly defined lines for the pose, it is a perfect way to bring awareness.
Utthita Trikonasana helps bring balance and strength to the body. Due to the placing of the feet, this pose requires a lot of balancing and grounding in the back foot. Also because of the torso holding up in a straight line, there is a more felt contraction to the lower bandha.
Utthita Trikonasana is a great pose to begin a standing flow with and easily lends itself to vinyasa, hatha, and is part of the ashtanga standing sequence.
How to Practice
Inhale stepping your right foot to the back of your matt. Turn your right foot out so that it is pointing to the back of the room, and the left foot in so it is parallel with the front of your matt. You want your legs about a leg distance apart, or what ever feels comfortable. With your arms at a T, exhale reaching to your right, then coming down to the earth, foot, leg, or block when you get to the half way point. Inhale your left hand and your gaze up. Stay for five breaths. At the end of your last exhale, look down. Inhale coming back up. Exhale switching sides.
Only come down as feels comfortable. Be sure not to collapse your lower back, in other words make sure your spine stays straight in this pose, so come down only as far as your are able to do that. If you have difficulty with your neck you can keep your gaze at your foot or straight out.
Mudras are always a wonderful way to charge a pose with your hands as well 🙂
Though there are no set counter poses, again with standing poses it is always best to counter each with at least one seated pose. Utthita Trikonasana is often times followed by other standing poses like Parivritta Trikonasana, Ardha Chandrasana, and Utthita Parsvakonasana are all good poses to follow in a flow.
Practice in love and peace ❤