This standing pose, also known as extended triangle pose, is one of the basic standing postures in the Ashtanga Primary series.
It strengthens the ankles & calves while toning the ligaments of the arms and legs, making it a great foundation pose. It also stretches the groins, hips, hamstrings, calves, chest, spine and shoulders, while simultaneously correcting the damaging effects of a sedentary lifestyle (i.e. faulty posture).
- Stimulates abdominal organs
- Aids digestion
- Relieves backaches (great during pregnancy)
- Relieves neck pain
- Corrects flat feet
- Relieves stress
- Relieves anxiety
- Infertility, osteoporosis and sciatica
AVOID THIS POSE IF YOU HAVE:
- Low blood pressure
- High blood pressure: you can do this pose, but gaze at your big toe instead of looking up
- Heart condition: you can do this pose, but keep upper arm on hip instead of raising up
- Neck discomfort: you can do this pose, but straight ahead instead of up, keeping both sides of neck even
To become comfortable and gain balance in this pose, you can use a wall as support for your back heel or your back when you are twisting up.
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