Beginners Guide To Trikonasana: Benefits And Steps

Trikonasana or the triangle pose provides several physical and mental health benefits. Here's a beginners guide to practice it. 

Navya Kharbanda
Written by: Navya KharbandaUpdated at: Oct 03, 2022 18:11 IST
Beginners Guide To Trikonasana: Benefits And Steps

Trikonasana, also known as triangle pose, is a standing yoga pose can be performed to strengthen and lengthen the hamstrings and groin, while also opening up the shoulders and  hip flexors. 'Trikona' is a Sanskrit word, which means 'triangle,' and 'asana' is 'pose.' The foundational pose is named after the triangle shape your body forms when you place your bottom hand on the ground and keep your feet firm on the floor while doing the asana.

Trikonasana yoga or Triangle pose is the standing posture exercise that helps in regaining strength, balance, and flexibility in the body. There are several variations in trikonasana type or the procedure of the yoga pose. Broadly, there are three types of trikonasana, namely, Baddha Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana, and Utthita Trikonasana. Read the article further to know about the benefits of Trikonasana. 

Benefits of Trikonasana

Here are the four main benefits of Trikonasana:

1. Stretches the spine

Trikonasana pose can manage stiffness in your spine and back, leading to better flexibility. One of the main benefits of the triangle pose is that it strengthens the spine, legs, shoulders and chest. It also enhances the alignment of your body and stretches the hamstrings and calves.

2. Increases stability and activates body core

Trikonasana activates the core muscles, which helps in improving balance and stability. This yoga pose activates your upper body, which can enhance the functioning of your digestive organs, further boosting your metabolism.

3. Reduces stress

Yoga is a known for of exercise to deal with day to day stress and anxiety related symptoms. Trikonasana helps in reducing stress, anxiety, back pain or sciatica problems.

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4. Unlocks the hip flexors and shoulders

Trikonasana unlocks the hip flexors and shoulders, improving mobility and minimising the risk of injury. Practice the asana on both sides to get equal advantage in the right and left hip. The body forms a triangle, which can be helpful in opening up the shoulders and hips. 

How to do Trikonasana?

Listed below is a step-by-step guide to perform Trikonasana easily at home:

  • Stand straight on the floor and keep your legs apart. Stretch both your arms in a way that it is parallel to the ground
  • Inhale, while raising your right hand upwards. Exhale and bend your upper body from the waist, towards the left side
  • While bending your torso, raise your left arm towards the left foot. Then, slowly hold your ankle. Meanwhile, keep your right hand above the shoulder
  • Keep your shoulders in form, turn your head up and face towards the ceiling. Hold this pose for a four to fivr seconds. Come back to the standing position and repeat on the alternate side

Before performing any new kind of exercise or yogasana, talk to your doctor to know if it is right for you. The Trikonasana might look simple, but it will be less effective if practiced incorrectly. It is better if you practice it with the help of a yoga expert's guidance. Moreover, make sure to do it with proper formation and safety.