Utthita Trikonasana

I’ve chosen Utthita Trikonasana, which translates as “extended triangle pose”, for my first pose of the week as it is one of the most frequently practised poses. In Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar says it “tones up the leg muscles, removes stiffness in the legs and hips……relieves backaches…strengthens the ankles and develops the chest”.
For me the key elements are the grip of the hips and the tucking in of the buttock of the leading leg, so that alignment is achieved without the bottom sticking out behind! I’m working on trying to extend the sides of the trunk evenly (often the under-side becomes contracted).
This picture of Mr Iyengar doing Trikonasana shows you how far I have to go!

BKS Iyengar in Trikonasansa