Different schools of yoga disagree about the difference between triangle and extended triangle pose; however, the difference can be seen in the slightly varying hand placement and position of the torso. Triangle pose may keep the bottom hand off the ground, while extended triangle pose might place the hand on the floor or grab the big toe.
Extended triangle pose is also similar to extended side angle pose, the difference being that extended triangle pose maintains straight legs, while extended side angle pose is performed with the lead leg bent at a 90-degree angle.
Some of the benefits of extended triangle pose include:
- Stimulating the abdominal organs
- Improving digestion
- Energizing and focusing
- Relieving stress
- Improving balance and flexibility
- Relieving back pain
It is also believed to relieve the symptoms of menopause and help infertility, sciatica and osteoporosis.