How to do Triangle Left

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Difficulty: Easy

Impact Level: Normal

Target Body Parts: abs, upper back, lower back, shoulders, glutes, hamstrings


Start in a standing position with your feet wide apart. Turn your left foot to point directly to the left hand side. Raise your arms out to the sides until your hands are at shoulder height and your fingers reach in opposite directions. Pull your belly button to your spine to active your core and then hinge at your hips to bend directly to the left hand side placing your left hand on your left shin. Take an anterior pelvic tilt so you are moving your coccyx (tailbone) away from your left heel. Gradually progress to moving the left hand down the shin and then potentially to the floor. To come back up, activate your core and lift with a straight spine to upright.

A common mistake is to bend forward rather than directly to the side and also to curve the spine rather than keeping it straight.

How to make Triangle Left easier

Putting the left hand on the left thigh rather than the shin makes it easier as you don’t need to fold forward quite so far.

How to make Triangle Left more challenging

Progressing to putting your hand on the floor is the more difficult version of the pose. And then to make it even more difficult, try hovering the hand just off the floor or shin so that the core needs to work harder to hold you there. Hold for a few breaths.

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