Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana)

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Today I want to show you some of the biggest form mistakes and problems I see when people practice Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana)!!

In the before photo there are a few big issues here that could cause injury and hurt your practice:

1. I’m focusing too much on touching the ground with my hand that I am rounding my lower spine and crunching my side body. In Triangle Pose you want to lift up and create length. Place your hand on your shin or a block and lift through the side body creating a straight line on your side. This will be a game changer in how you feel in this pose! 

2. I’m hyper-extending my front knee causing tension on knee and hip. Did you know you can over-straighten your leg in a pose?! Overtime this can cause serious knee injury. Shift your weight into the ball of the front foot and put a micro bend in your front knee. 

3. My top shoulder is leaning too far forward and my top arm is limp. In triangle pose you want both of your shoulders to be in line with your front knee and you want to lift up through your top arm to create more length. Making these adjustments with your upper body will help you build strength in your core and get an incredible stretch!!

Want some modifications to work your way to the "After" photo? Use a block to rest your hand on or shorten your stance to make triangle pose more accessible!

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