From a standing pose, spread your legs apart so your feet are a little less than twice as wide as your shoulders. While inhaling, raise both arms straight up to shoulder height so they are parallel to the floor.
Turn your left foot 90 degrees outward, and bending from the waist, slide your left arm down your left leg until you can grasp your ankle just above your foot. If you cannot reach this far, grab hold of your leg as far down as you can reach. Bring your right arm up so it is straight and pointing directly toward the ceiling. Look up toward your reaching hand.
Hold this triangle posture, breathing deeply for five or six breaths, then gradually return to an upright position with your arms outstretched. Close your eyes and check in with your body for a few moments.
Repeat the pose with the opposite arm and leg. Turn your right foot outward 90 degrees and then slide your right arm down your leg, grasping your ankle while your left arm is pointing straight up. Take several slow, deep breaths before returning to an upright position.
The classical triangle pose enlivens both balance and flexibility. Use this pose to open your chest. Stretching while maintaining your balance is a great skill to develop in your yoga practice and in your life.
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