Yoga Pose of the Week – Focus on the Hamstrings and Groin

Our featured yoga pose of the week is triangle pose. This is a standing pose that is great for both strengthening and stretching. It focuses on the hamstrings, groin and hips, which are a commonly tight area for lots of people! Triangle pose is also very accessible as it can be modified to suit your level of mobility.

 

Directions:

  • First, start standing with both feet together. If you struggle with balance, you might want to be near a wall in case you’d like to use it for support.
  • Next, step your left foot back and turn your left toes to the left side. Turn your hips to the left as well. Your right toes should still be facing front.
  • The amount you step back will depend on your level of flexibility, but you want to aim for about one leg-length.
  • Bring both hands to your hips and keep weight equal on both feet.
  • Keep your hips square to the left and shift your hips back towards your left foot as you reach your torso over to the right foot.
  • You can place your right hand gently on your thigh or shin. If you feel stable, you can also extend your left arm up towards the ceiling.
  • Breathe deeply and hold for around 30 seconds to 1 minute. Come out slowly the same way you got it.
  • Make sure to do both sides!

Tips:

  • Try not to place your hand directly on your knee when in this pose. Too much force on the knee joint can be unsafe.
  • If you want to make this pose more strengthening for the core and more of a challenge, try to extend the arm that is resting on your leg out towards the front. This will force your core muscles to work much harder!
  • Always be sure to listen to your body. If something is not feeling right, pull back.
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Vanessa Kiriakou

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