I have been fairly obsessed with Utthita Trikonasana, or Triangle pose, over the last few weeks after reading that it was good for love handles. The waist seems so challenging to shrink! So I’m down for focusing on a standing pose that might hit the area that my regular ab exercises aren’t seeming to reach.
In addition to the toning, Yoga Journal says that Triangle pose also:
More experienced yogis can take the pose deeper by finding the big toe of their forward leg with their bottom/support arm; planting the palm of their support arm on the floor (as in the illustration above); or by engaging the core and floating the bottom arm.
What’s your favorite variation of triangle pose?
Do you see pictures in magazines and on Pinterest of lithe, thin women performing beautiful versions of yoga poses and think….that will never be me?
Well…you might be right. We come in all shapes and sizes, and in reality, few of us have the perfect measurements to achieve some of the glory poses seen in the media. But what we can achieve is glory in our own body. That one with the short arms, missing waist and tight quads.
Yoga can work it’s magic on all bodies, given time. It will grow and strengthen your muscles, help you find balance, maybe even patience. Over time, your body will find itself in poses you never imagined you’d find. It might be a variation on a pose, but I bet it will feel just as great as the fancy version in photos, because it’s the one that’s meant for you.
One of the many beautiful things about yoga is that it’s accessible to everyone. Your size and shape shouldn’t keep you from practicing yoga. There are enough variations that just about anyone can find their “sweet spot” in a pose. Don’t let appearances keep you off your mat. No one’s really watching you anyway, they are more concerned with what’s happening on their small piece of real estate.
Love your body and let it move. Look around, and you’ll find the yoga class that’s right for you. I know that no matter how I look doing yoga, as I flow through a class I feel like the goddesses in the magazines. And that's a feeling that's hard to beat!