What is Trikonasana?
Trikonasana is a Sanskrit word that means “three corners” and “Asana” meaning “posture.” Trikonasana yoga is when a person spreads their hands apart and extends their legs without bending their knees.
Trikonasana yoga, also known as Triangle pose, is a standing exercise that increases strength, balance and flexibility.
There are many ways to do trikonasana. It generally consists of three types: Baddha Trikonasana (Parivrtta Trikonasana), Utthita Trikonasana (Utthita Trikonasana).
- It is good for strengthening the body and legs.
- It activates the body’s core, which stimulates the digestive system. It aids in improving the body’s metabolism.
- Trikonasana has one of the greatest benefits. It lowers back and spinal stiffness, thus improving flexibility.
- This yoga improves metabolism and boosts stamina.
- This yoga pose can help you find balance.
- Trikonasana is a series of steps that unlocks the hip flexors and shoulders. This reduces injury risk and improves mobility. To benefit both the left and right hips equally, one should do this yoga on both sides.
- It improves concentration and metabolism and enhances mental and physical equilibrium.
- It also lowers anxiety, stress and back pain, as well as issues related to sciatica.
Parivrtta Trikonasana Benefits – Revolved Triangle Pose
- Side-bend perks The side-bend Parivrta trikonasana is the leg muscle. It strengthens the quadriceps and glutes as well as the quadriceps, quadriceps, and calves. It supports the hip by stretching it.
- Twist Benefits: It tone, stretches, and strengthens the arms, shoulders, and core muscles, and massages internal organs. Twisting can even alleviate sciatic nerve symptoms. Because of the efficient movement and coordination of the pelvic floor muscles, twisting can also improve reproductive organ function.
- Balance benefits It calms the nervous system, increasing concentration, focus and mental stability.
Utthita Trikonasana Benefits – Extended Triangle Pose
The hip region is benefited by the Utthita Trikonasana. Trikonasana yoga also benefits the spine. It strengthens the ankles, knees and torso. It stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion.
Trikonasana and Triangle Pose: Other Variations
Other than extended and revolved triangle poses yoga exercises, there are many other variations.
- Baddha Trikonasana/Bound Triangle Pose: This variation requires that one extends their torso to allow them to grasp for binding.
- Parivrta Baddha Trikonasana/Bound Revolved Triangle Pose –This is a combination of an extended and bound triangle pose.
- Bikram’s Triangle or Trikonasana – To perform Bikram’s triangle pose, one should be strong and flexible (from regular exercise).
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), What to Remember
These are the things you should remember to reap the maximum benefits of trikonasana.
- Keep your legs straight
It is difficult to touch your foot with your hands at first. Avoid bending your knees at this point. As leverage, a yoga block can be used if the knee-bending problem persists.
- Keep your muscles engaged
Trikonasana Yoga may seem easy. Trikonasana may not be possible if one does not engage the core and thighs of his/her muscles.
- Don’t bend your back
This is a sideways or body-bending exercise. This exercise should not be done while bending or rounding the spine.
Trikonasana steps (How to Do Trikonasana).
- Keep your legs straight while standing straight. Keep your arms straight and parallel to the ground.
- Take a deep breath and lift your right hand up. Inhale, and move your torso towards the left.
- Bend your left arm and bring your left foot to the right. Slowly, but steadily, keep your ankle straight. Keep your right hand up, just above the shoulder, while you hold the ankle.
- Keep your shoulders straight. Now, tilt your head upwards and point towards the ceiling. For a few seconds, hold the position. Recover to standing and then repeat the process on the opposite side.
Trikonasana Yoga: Pro Tips
To do trikonasana safely and without injury, you must have the proper form and technique.
- Do not roll your chest towards the ground. Instead, lift your chest towards the ceiling by rolling your shoulders back.
- Before you do trikonasana, warm up thoroughly.
- For better balance, bend your body gently and slowly.