Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) – Steps & Benefits
Trikonasana (त्रिकोणासन – Trikonasana In Hindi) should be a part of daily Yoga routine for its contribution to health & wellness. Trikonasana brings stability, strength, and stamina in one’s life. Trikonasana, also called Triangle Pose, is known to stretch and strengthen the muscles of back, thighs, back of the legs and waist. It is one of the best ways to lose weight, reduce waistline, provide best of abdominal exercises, lower back stretches and very good for knee joint also.
The triangle pose consists of two Sanskrit words “Trikon” and “Asana”. “Trikon” means a triangle while the meaning of “Asana” is Pose. Since all the Yoga Poses of Trikonasana resembles a triangle, hence is its name – Trikonasana.
- Stand erect on a yoga mat with the feet more than shoulder-width apart and raise the arms sideways to the shoulder level.
- This is the starting position.
- Bend forward.
- Twist the trunk to the right, bringing the left hand to the right foot.
- Those who are flexible can place the left palm flat on the floor on the outside of the right foot.
- The right arm should be stretched vertically so that both the arms form a straight line.
- Look up at the right-hand middle finger.
- Hold the final pose for a few seconds, feeling the twist and stretch of the back.
- Return to the center-forward position.
- Raise the body to the starting position, keeping the arms outstretched to the sides.
- Repeat to the other side.
- This is one round.
- Do not lower the arms.
- Practice 3 to 5 rounds.
Trikonasana Contraindications & Precautions
- Those suffering from slipped disc should not practice this asana.
- Trikonasana should be avoided if the practitioner is suffering from high blood pressure, migraine or neck injuries.
- A good warm-up exercise is necessary before practicing Trikonasana so that the body is flexible enough for the practice of Trikonasana.
- While bending forward and also while returning back to starting position, do it slowly and gently so as not to lose balance.
- This asana, as the other standing asanas, stretches the muscles on the sides of the trunk, the waist and the back of the legs.
- It stimulates the nervous system and alleviates nervous depression.
- It improves digestion.
- Trikonasana, the triangle pose, strengthens the pelvic area and tones the reproductive organs.
- Regular practice of trikonasana will help reduce the waistline.
- Trikonasana improve regular bodily functions.
- This asana increases both physical and mental stability.
- Trikonasana is very good for weight loss.
- Trikonasana strengthens knees, ankles, legs, chest and the arms.
- It reduces stress and anxiety.
Trikonasana instills strength and stability in the legs and the feet and expands the torso. When the arms and legs are stretched out, it creates evenness and feeling of balance in the body. As balance develops between legs, arms, and torso, the mind too becomes even and steady and stress levels get reduced. With the reduced stress, even and steady mind, and the awareness inward, the true experience of yoga, or union, begins.
To know more about one of the variations of triangle pose (Extended Triangle Pose or Utthita Trikonasana), read –