Upavistha Konasana: Wide-Seated Angle Pose
Upavistha konasana (oo-pah-VEESH-tah cone-AHS-ah-nah) is a soothing – or intense – pose depending on the style and intention of the practice. This seated pose stretches the hamstrings and groins, while strengthening the supporting muscles of your spine. This pose is said to help improve your posture and promote ease and comfort in your body.
Wide-seated angle pose offers very different experiences depending on the intention and style of yoga. Yin and restorative styles will offer a relaxed variation, often with the use of props to support minimal effort. In a more active practice like vinyasa, the pose may be used to actively stretch and build heat.
- Place a rolled blanket under your knees for extra support.
- Place a folded blanket under your seat to help encourage your pelvis to tip forward and prevent rounding in your spine.
- Sit against a wall to support your spine.
- Begin sitting in staff pose (dandasana). Slide your heels out as wide as you can without strain.
- Lift your hips up, send your tailbone back, then place your hips back down.
- Rotate your inner thighs up toward the ceiling so your kneecaps face straight up. Extend through your heels.
- Press your thigh bones into the ground and walk your hands forward. As you move forward, keep your torso long and your spine neutral. Bring your hands as far forward as you can while maintaining the length between your pubic bone and your navel.
- Hold the pose for up to 60 seconds. Gently lift your torso, then use your hands to bring your knees together to release.
- Cobblers pose | Baddha konasana
- Wide-legged forward fold | Prasarita padottanasana
- Reclined hand to foot | Supta padangusthasana
- Tortoise pose | Kurmasana
- Garland pose | Malasana
- Cow face pose | Gomukhasana
- Easy pose | Sukhasana
- Seated forward fold | Paschimottanasana
- Upavistha = seated
- Kona = angle
- Asana = pose
- Stretches the groin, adductor muscles, and hamstrings.
- Strengthens the muscles along the spine.
- Thought to improve posture.
Utthita Trikonasana: Triangle Pose
ADJUSTMENTS | BENEFITS | SEQUENCING | SANSKRIT | STEPS
A classic standing posture in many yoga lineages utthita trikonasana (oo-TEE-tah trik-cone-AHS-uh-nah), strengthens and stretches the entire body. Approaching the pose with knowledge of intelligent modifications will help you enjoy the posture and all it has to offer.
Philosophy + Origin
In hatha yoga, where the intent is to unite opposing forces – sun with moon, masculine with feminine, light with dark – this pose offers an opportunity to embody this philosophy when you focus on finding stability while you expand. When you look at the physical shape of the posture, you also see the triangles being formed. And, when you look a little closer, you find several triangles hidden in the shape of the body – the two legs with the floor, floating under the side body, and between the front foot and the front hand.