Bikram Yoga SLC student Karen Dee Tschorn at Silver Lake
Center your spine in Triangle Pose. This is a common mistake, even for Bikram yoga veterans. It’s likely a
common mistake because to do this properly feels weird, really weird. I
didn’t know I was doing this wrong until I had a teacher pull my arm to
straighten out my torso. When you bend your knee and go into Triangle
pose, it’s easy to let your torso tilt right (if you’re bending your
right leg). When you’re in the set up of the posture, look in the mirror
and picture someone pulling your left arm, creating a 90 degree angle
with your right thigh and your torso. It takes core strength to maintain
proper alignment. Then, when you tilt your body for the final
expression of the pose, try to keep the same alignment (in other words,
don’t let your torso shift or lean right towards your bent leg again).
This will allow you to use your core, maintain a “lift” in your posture
and get the proper stretch in your hips. If you do this properly your
oblique and abs will thank you.
~The above written by Lindsay Dahl at lindsaydahl.com. For a great video demonstration of Bikram Choudury doing Triangle Pose, click "here".