Triangle Yoga Pose Adjustments- Utthita Trikonasana
Have your student step back from Mountain Pose or Tadasana with the front foot straight ahead and the back foot at an angle (about 45 degrees) and raise the arms to shoulder height. You can also have your student straighten the front leg in Warrior Two pose and maybe pop the back foot in depending on their proportions. Both legs are straight and hips are facing to the side with the arms extended to come into the pose.
Adjustment for Entering the Pose:
Stand directly in front of your student in Triangle Pose or Utthita Trikonasana. Take your students hand that is extended forward, at the same time place the ball of your own foot into their hip crease and on the inhale pull their hand towards you as you press their hips away from you. As they exhale, release their hand to rest on the inside of the calf, a block, ankle or have them wrap their middle and peace finger around their big toe. Keep in mind the goal is not to see how low they can go but rather to keep the hips open and find length in the side body.
Adjustment for the Hips and Shoulders:
Stand behind them with one of your thighs or hip (depending on the proportions of your body to your students) behind their buttocks acting as a wall for them. Place the hand of the same leg that is supporting their body on their top hip and take your other hand to their shoulder of the arm extended to the sky and gently pull their body towards you. Their body weight could be leaning against you so be mindful and move slowly as you exit so they start to bring the weight back into their legs.
Adjustment for the Rib Cage:
Still standing behind them place one of your hand on the top rib cage and your other hand on the bottom rib cage (closest to the ground). With your hand on top begin to rotate the rib cage towards you and with the bottom hand scoop their rib cage forward and up rotating their chest towards the sky.
If you have any questions or suggestions for additional adjustments not included here please post below!