Trikonasana or Triangle Pose in Yoga
Yoga consists of Asanas or Postures, Pranayama or Breathing techniques and texts concerning application of Yogic principles in daily life. There are a number of Asanas that are practiced standing, sitting or lying down. Trikonasana or Triangle Pose, Chakrasana or Wheel pose, Gomukhasana or Cow face pose, Salabhasana or Locust pose and Bhadrasana or Butterfly pose are just some such postures.
Trikonasana or Triangle pose in Yoga
Trikonasana is a standing Asana in Yoga. It is derived from the Sanskrit meaning triangle. It is so named because the body is positioned so that it resembles a triangle. It is not a very difficult Asana although it might take a while to be able to do it well.
- You start off by standing erect with the feet placed about three feet away from each other or as much as is possible for you. The arms should be left loose at the side of the body.
- While inhaling get both your arms straight at the side of your body at shoulder level with palms facing downwards. Move the left foot so that the toes are facing outwards, away from the body.
- Slowly exhale and bend sideways to the left while keeping hands steady. Try and hold your left ankle or lower part of the leg. Do not bend forward as this will reduce benefits of the posture.
- Once this is done, slowly try to look up at the fingers of the right hand while maintaining the position.
- Hold this position for about ten counts either holding your breath or in normal breathing.
- Slowly inhale and come back to the starting position.
- Repeat with the other side of the body. Both sides together is one round.
- You can do about four rounds or you can reduce the number of rounds and increase holding time for each.
Benefits of Trikonasana or Triangle pose in Yoga
It helps in strengthening and toning various parts of the body. It also improves flexibility.
- Strengthens the back
- Stretches legs and hips
- Opens up the chest
- Improves flexibility of the back