Utthita Trikonasana Triangle Posture

Utthita=extended Tri=three Kona=angle

1. Inhale, jump to right, right foot parallel to edge of mat, left heel turned inward, heels 3 ft apart.

2. Exhale, reach out over foot and bend to right, hold big toe of right foot with first two fingers of right hand and pull up on it, creating counter tension and oppositional stretch. Turn head to look up toward left thumb, opening chest toward ceiling. Feel the rotation of the hips as the right hip moves under and the left hip rotates open.

Drishti: thumb of left hand.

Hold for 5-8 breaths.

3. Inhale, come up slowly.

4. Exhale to other side, repeat 1-3.

5. Inhale, come up, keeping arms out to sides.

Modified posture: right hand to ankle or shin or up as high as necessary to prevent straining back. If neck is strained, look to toes and then back up to thumb.

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