Thursday, May 13, 2010

Yoga Posture: The Triangle (Trikonasana)

Trikona is a triangle.  This standing asana is the extended triangle pose.  The Triangle provides the entire body with an invigorating laternal stretch.  When practised on a regular basis, it makes the body feel "lighter" and improves all other asanas.  All the muscles are positively affected, but especially those along the outer side of the body.  These include the muscles of the ankles, legs, hips and arms.

This asana tones up the leg muscles, removes stiffness in the legs and hips, corrects any minor deformity in the legs and allows them to develop evenly.  It relieves backaches and neck sprains, strengthens the ankles and develops the chest.

Physical Benefits
  • Stretches the spine and trunk muscles.
  • Tones the spinal nerves and abdominal organs, improving the working of the bowels.
  • Practice of the Triangle improves the appetite and assists digestion.
  • Promotes flexibility of the hips, spine, and legs.
  • Reduces or eliminates pain in the lower back.
  • Invigorates the circulation.
  • Practice is especially beneficial to anyone who suffers from a shortening of one leg as a result of a fracture of the hip, thigh bone, or bones of the lower leg.

Mental Benefits
  • Alleviates anxiety and hypochondria.
  • Reduces mental stress.

Pranic Benefits
  • Stimulates pranic flow to the spleen, liver, large intestine, gall bladder, small intestine, and heart meridians.
  • Steadies the energy, and gives a final "push" to the process of nadi purification begun in the other asanas.

Common Faults
  • One or both knees are bent.
  • Body is twisted (forwards or back).
  • Upper elbow is bent.
  • Head is dropped forwards.
  • Weight is mainly on one leg, rather than being evenly distributed.
  • Weight is placed against the thigh by the lower hand.
  • Eyes are looking downwards.

Note: Please perform the yoga under the guide of a certified yoga teacher especially for beginner. You are at your own risk and responsible if you perform on your own. Whatever provided here is just act as an information.

Source from Yoga Mind & Body - Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
                      Light on Yoga - B.K.S. Iyengar