February Yoga Pose of the month
Utthita Trikonasana pronounced oo-TEE-tah tree-koh-NAH-suh-nuh is a standing yoga pose that tones the legs, reduces stress, and increases stability. Trikonasana comes from the Sanskrit words tri – meaning three and Kona meaning angle.
- Stretches legs, muscles around the knee, ankle joints, hips, groin muscles, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest and spine.
- Strengthens legs, knees, ankles, abdominals, obliques and back.
- Stimulates function of abdominal organs.
- Relieves stress.
Stand facing the long side of your mat, on exhalation step your feet 3-4 feet apart. Whilst inhaling slowly extend both arms sideways, keep them level with your shoulders and palms down.
Turn your left foot slightly to the right and your right foot out to the right 90 degrees. Align the right heel with the left heel. Engage your legs and roll the right thigh out so the right knee is in line with the first two toes.
While inhaling slowly, raise the left arm and bend your body towards the right, with right arm pointing downwards and fingers pointed at your toes. Rest your right hand on your shin, ankle or on the floor outside your right foot.
Keep your head in neutral position with eyes gazing softly to the left thumb.
Stay in the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute. As you come up inhale deeply, strongly pressing your back heel into the floor and reaching your top arm toward the ceiling. Reverse the feet and repeat for same length of time to the left.
DisclaimerDo not attempt any poses that are not suitable for your level of practise