Chances are you have crossed paths with Trikonasana Pose or Triangle Pose!
Trikonasana Pose is one of the yoga poses that beginners tend to experience early on in their yoga journey. The pose is suitable for beginner yoga students although it does offer its share of challenges. Like may yoga postures, this pose also offers a range of variations that help to make it more difficult or a little easier.
As a standing yoga pose, you may develop a love/hate relationship with Triangle Pose. The posture will keep you on your feet and challenge your balance and flexibility. This pose always reminded me a little of the more difficult Half Moon Pose which many students find frustrating.
Trikonasana is the Sanskrit name for this posture. The breakdown for the Sanskrit name is as follows, “Tri” meaning “Three”, “Kona” meaning “Angle” and “Asana” meaning “Pose”. Of course, you have likely also heard the pose referred to as Triangle Pose. When practicing this pose, your body does look like a triangle, therefore we have Triangle Pose. Some yogis may also call the pose Three Angle Pose.
Triangles have long been associated with the powers and mystery of the number three. Some believe that triangles represent or symbolize many of earth’s powerful concepts that are presented to us in groupings of three. Just to name a couple, some of these concepts would include Birth, Life and Death, or Past, Present and Future. The number three has also been associated with good luck. As a result, this spiritual aspect of triangles and the number three, may cause some to consider Triangle Pose to be a representation of these powerful concepts.
Of course, yoga students will have to decide whether they consider Trikonasana Pose to be a representation of some of cultures most powerful concepts. However, there’s no denying that this posture offers many benefits to your health and yoga practice.
Benefits Of The Pose:
It could certainly be suggested that Trikonasana Pose is a full body pose because of it’s long list of benefits. Triangle Pose’s benefits reach from the upper body down to the ankles. This pose is both a stretching and muscle strengthening yoga posture. Some of it’s benefits include a stretch for the hamstrings and hips, a strengthening of the back, hip and leg muscles and an opening of the chest and shoulders. Plus, it will also test and improve your balance.
So, what do these benefits mean for you?
Stretching the hips and hamstrings can have a powerful effect on your daily life. When we open the hips and loosen the hamstrings, our flexibility is improved and that can lead to better mobility and fewer injuries. For example, simple everyday tasks can become less challenging. Many also believe that opening the hips can reduce or release emotional stress.
Strengthening our back and leg muscles can also benefit us greatly. Stronger back and core muscles are essential for better posture and helpful in reducing the risk of injury. Opening chest and stretching the shoulders also contributes to better posture, especially for those who spend their days behind a desk.
Trikonasana Pose can also provide a boost in confidence and prepare you for more difficult yoga poses. For instance, improving strength and balance can have a positive effect throughout your practice and daily life.