Yoga Lesson Planning Clinic
How To Teach Extended Triangle Pose
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Teach the Sanskrit
Teach your students the sanksrit by breaking it down into bite sized morsals.
Utthita = extended
Trikona = triangle
Asana = pose
Ask your students to learn the Sanskrit by getting them to repeat it as a mantra for 5 minutes.
Another way to remember trih-koh-NAH-sah-nah is that it’s a TRICKY posture to get right.
Teach the symbolism
If you want to add a theme to the pose (or entire class if this is your peak pose), you could choose from one of these themes…
- Expand the field of our perception
- Going beyond limitations
- Cope and handle adversity
- Stretching your horizons
- Twist yourself to extend your capacities
Teach the benefits
Teach your students the benefits…
- Helps relieve back pain
- Strengthen legs
- Stretches groins, hamstrings, hips
- Opens chest & shoulders
Teach the precautions
- Don’t look up for too long if you have cervical spondylosis
- Don’t raise your arm if you have a cardiac condition
- Don’t practice if you have lower back problems
- Don’t practice if you have neck pain
- Don’t practice if you have a headache
- Don’t practice if you have a diarrhoea
- Don’t practice if you have a low blood pressure
- Don’t practice if you have psoriasis
- Don’t practice if you have varicose veins
- Don’t practice if you have depression
Teach the posture
From Warrior II straighten right leg.
Reach right arm forward, drawing right thigh upwards.
Drop right hand down onto shin or ankle.
Left shoulder stacks on top of right.
Reach left fingertips upwards.
Take gaze up to left fingertips.
Draw right thigh muscle upwards.
Slightly bend right knee.
Repeat on left side.
Teach the modifications
Knowing a few modifications for each posture you teach is really important. It will make you a versatile and much more professional yoga teacher.
If your student is struggling to reach their hand on the floor, use a chair.
Less Can Be More
Easing off your furthest limit in Trikonasana can make way for a deeper stretch in the pelvis and shoulders.
Focus on keeping your spine long.
If you have neck pain, don’t look up to the ceiling.
Ask your students to tap into their satya (truthfulness) to be aware how far they can venture into the posture.
Maintain space between your ribcage and pelvis on both sides of body.
Imagine your tailbone lengthening away from your crown.
Rest your back or heel against a wall if you’re struggling with balance.
If your student is struggling to reach their hand on the floor, use a yoga block.
Teach the variations
If a student isn’t able to do this posture (or if you have advanced students), give them a variation.
Bound triangle pose
Revolved triangle pose
Reclining triangle pose
Teach a follow-up pose
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