Want to be a better hockey player? Spend a few hours a week on the yoga mat.
Below are the steps to Triangle pose (Trikonasana). This pose is great for hockey players because it focuses on the spine, lower back, flexibility, lateral muscles, and hamstrings. It also increases your flexibility and strength - perfect for sneaky slap shots or making the winning save!
Antonio Zivanovic, an ambassador from the West 4th store, shows us the steps to get into Trikonasana.
Stand on your yoga mat with your feet together, hips-width apart, and your arms comfortably down at your sides. Take a few deep breaths in and out through your nose.
Take a big step out to the side and turn your torso to the right with your arms outstretched and parallel to the floor, palms facing down.
Make sure your right foot is pointing straight ahead, and turn your left foot out 90 degrees so that it's pointing at the wall. Your heels should be lined up. Reach in front of you with your right arm, and shift your hips to the left.
Place your right hand down to the floor (or gently on your calf if the floor isn't available to you yet) and reach up to the ceiling with your left hand. Keep deep breathing and hold this pose for 30 seconds, repeating on the other side.
Remember to listen to your body and stop if you feel ANY pain.
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