Trikonasana: Traingle Yoga Pose Explained

Triangle Trikonasana yoga pose exercises

The name comes from the Sanskrit words trikona (त्रिकोण, trikoṇa) meaning “triangle”, and asana (आसन) meaning “posture” or “seat”.

Trikonasana is usually performed in two parts, facing left, and then facing right. The practitioner begins standing with the feet one leg-length apart, knees unbent, turns the right foot completely to the outside and the left foot less than 45 degrees to the inside, keeping the heels in line with the hips. The arms are spread out to the sides, parallel to the ground, palms facing down; the trunk is extended as far as is comfortable to the right, while the arms remain parallel to the floor. Once the trunk is fully extended to the right, the right arm is dropped so that the right hand reaches the shin (or a block or on the floor) to the front (left side) of the right foot, with the palm down if flexed. The left arm is extended vertically, and the spine and trunk are gently twisted counterclockwise (i.e., upwards to the left, since they’re roughly parallel to the floor), using the extended arms as a lever, while the spine remains parallel to the ground. The arms are stretched away from one another, and the head is often turned to gaze at the left thumb, slightly intensifying the spinal twist. Returning to standing, the bend is then repeated to the left.

Trikonasana Traingle Yoga Pose exercise

Trikonasana: Traingle Yoga Pose

Trikonasana: How It is Done

Definition: A lateral bend resembling a triangle

Initial Pose

Stand up straight, and place your feet slightly more than shoulder width apart.

To The Side

The Triangle is a lateral stretch for your trunk muscles and spine, and makes your hips, legs, and shoulders more flexible. Stretch your right arm up, then bend to your left, sliding your left hand down your thigh. Do not twist your body. Hold for 30 seconds, working up to 2 minutes with practice. Inhale as you straighten up again. Repeat the pose on the other side.

Body Line

Your body forms a straight line, parallel to the floor. from your waist to your fingertips.

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