What is Trikonasana?

The Sanskrit word “tri” means three and “kona” means corner or angle. Thus “three corner or three angle posture” is often called the triangle posture. This posture is also known as the “utthita trikona-asana”. “Utthita” means stretched or extended thus this is the Extended Triangle Pose.

Unlike most yoga postures, the Triangle Pose requires keeping the eyes open in order to maintain body balance.

Trikonasana Benefits

The trikona-asana is an excellent posture to do early in your routine. The forward bending and lifting  stimulates blood flow and helps to stretch and relax the back, shoulders, legs and arms as well as  increases the flow of blood to the head. The muscles of the thighs and calves as well as the hamstrings  are stretched. The slight twist of the spine creates suppleness in the spinal discs and relieves lower back  discomforts.  

The posture can be held longer by breathing gently through the nostrils rather than holding the breath.  Another variation is to perform the trikona-asana rapidly thereby giving it a slightly aerobic effect.

How to do Trikonasana

  1. Stand with the feet together and the arms by your sides (see the tada-asana). 
  2. Separate the feet slightly further than shoulder distance apart.  
  3. Inhale and raise both arms straight out from the shoulders parallel to the floor with the palms  facing down.  
  4. Exhale slowly while turning the torso to the left, bend at the waist and bring the right hand down  to the left ankle. The palm of the right hand is placed along the outside of the left ankle. The left  arm should be extended upward. Both legs and arms are kept straight without bending the knees  and elbows.  
  5. Turn the head upward to the left and gaze up at the fingertips of the left hand. Inhale and return  to a standing position with the arms outstretched.  
  6. Hold this position for the duration of the exhaled breath. Exhale and repeat steps 4 – 6 on the  opposite side.  


Remain in the forward bending position for the duration of the exhale breath. Do two or three repetitions  (one repetition consists of bending forward on both sides).

Tikonasana Video

Tips for practicing

  • Make sure you have done a good warm up exercise of the whole body before you do the asana.
  • While bending forward do it slowly and gently so as not to lose balance.

Preparatory poses

Follow up poses

  • Veerbhadrasana


Avoid doing this pose if you are suffering from migraine, diarrhea, low or high blood pressure, or neck and back injuries. Those with high blood pressure may do this pose but without raising their hand overhead, as this may further raise the blood pressure.

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