Remember that with all yoga poses you should listen to your own body and if you feel any discomfort or unease stop practising and seek assistance from a yoga and/or medical practioner.
Uttihita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)
This is a very commonly recognised yoga pose and used frequently in Hatha classes.
Stretches and strengthens the legs, hamstrings and groin whilst opening through the side of the body. Trikonasana helps to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as useful in the second trimester of pregnancy to reduce backache.
General caution for this pose should be taken if you have a neck injury in which case your gaze should be turned downward or straight ahead as opposed to upwards at the raised hand.
Utthita means extended. Trikona means triangle. Asana literally means ‘seat’ but is generally understood to mean ‘pose/posture’.