October 5, 2015 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

The Triangle pose stretches and strengthens the thighs and ankles, stretches the hamstrings, hips, spine, and chest, relieves backache (especially during pregnancy—I’m photographed here as I entered my third trimester), and helps to keep stress at bay.

  1. Position legs 4 ft. apart. Raise arms parallel to the ground and actively reach hands out, palms face down.
  2. Turn right foot out 45 degrees and align heels together (or heel to arch to help with balance). Firm the thighs and keep right kneecap in line with the center of the right ankle.
  3. Inhale deeply, and as you slowly exhale, extend the torso directly over the right thigh, bending at the hip joint.
  4. Firmly press the outer left heel into the ground and pull the left shoulder back to open through the chest.
  5. Lengthen the tailbone towards the back heel and place your right hand on a block, your ankle, or on the ground outside of the right foot (advanced). Lift left hand up toward the sky and gaze toward fingertips.
  6. Breathe deeply for 5-10 breaths.
  7. Inhale to come up, and repeat opposite side.

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