This month’s pose is Triangle or Trikonasana. The sanskrit for Triangle can also include Utthita, which translates as extended. This can be used to differentiate this posture from Parivrtta Trikonasana, or Revolved Triangle. The three angles (tri konas in Sanskrit) of a triangle make it an extremely strong and stable shape. Trikonasana posture can represent various powerful trinities such as birth, life, and death, as well as the three gunas, or qualities, that compose our bodies and minds.
Come into Trikonasana from Warrior II on the right side: straighten the right leg and then inhale to reach forward, creating space and length along both sides of the torso. When you cannot reach forward any more, exhale to take the right hand down to a block, the leg, or the floor and the left hand up, stacking the left shoulder above the right to expand across the chest. If you find it difficult to keep the heart open, take the right hand further up the leg. Lengthen the spine by extending through the crown of the head and feel the upper body lifting off the lower body. As you ground the back leg and heel, reach the arms apart from the center of the chest and send the left hip away from the right foot. Draw energy up the inner legs from the arches of the feet and imagine grounding down in order to lift up through mula and uddiyana bandha.
In Trikonasana, strive for an equilateral triangle with even sides and angles. Of course, no body will perfectly create this shape, but this idea can help us avoid overextension. When creating Trikonasana, it is helpful to meditate on the solid foundation we need in order to live a fulfilled and compassionate life, and perhaps by doing so realize we already have everything we could ever desire.