The pretzel-like Open Triangle Pose might look a little confusing, but just follow these step-by-step instructions to build this pose from the ground up. Once you're in your full expression of Open Triangle, try to swing your upper body and chest back to be in line your hips. You'll feel an amazing stretch across the side of your body!
- From Downward Facing Dog, step your left foot forward between your hands, and rise up into Warrior 1.
- Open your hips, arms, and chest into anotherWarrior 2.
- Straighten your left leg, and turn your right toes slightly to the left, making a 45-degree angle. Keep both legs straight as you reach your left hand straight out over your left leg. Lower your left hand, resting it on your left shin or a block, or place your palm flat on the floor. Extend your right arm straight up, and gaze at your left fingertips.
- Stay like this for five deep breaths. Then turn your upper body toward the mat, drop your hands to the top of your mat, and step back to Down Dog before repeating this pose on the other side.
Photo: Laughing River Yoga