«Trikonasana» means the «Triangle Posture». As a Sanskrit term, «Trikonasana» consists of three words: «Tri», «Kona» and «Asana». «Tri» means three. «Kona» means corner and «Asana» means Position. «Trikonasana» is therefore the «Triangle Posture» in a Yoga Session, usually simply named as «Triangle». «Trikonasana» is an Asana (Yoga Posture) from Hatha Yoga that is one of the 84 main Asanas and the twelve Basic Postures of the Yoga Vidya Series. It stretches and strengthens your torso and increases the flexibility of your hips and legs. «Trikonasana» also mobilizes the entire spine.
2.1.1 Stretched Muscles
2.3.1 Chakras Particularly Addressed
«Trikonasana» is most effective when done with your eyes closed. «Trikonasana» you can do anytime, for example at your workplace, even in front of your PC, in fact anywhere. When you do «Trikonasana» with very conscious breathing, you can feel a lot of new power.
«Trikonasana» stimulates the appetite, helps the intestines to work and aids digestion, it also massages the liver and stimulates the flow of bile, the trunk and back muscles becomes flexible. With «Trikonasana» you can prevent back pain.
«Trikonasana» helps to open up to new things and see things from a different perspective.
«Trikonasana» gets the energy flowing in the body and helps to harmonize it.
Chakras Particularly Addressed
Through «Trikonasana» all Chakras in the «Sushumna» are addressed.
Stand upright with your feet hip-width apart. Now spread your arms wide out to the side at shoulder height. The arms must be parallel to the ground You may know this part of the exercise from the gym class. Now slowly bend you to the right. It is important to push through the right knee strongly. Touch the toes of the right foot with the fingers of the right hand. Bend the head a little to the right. It can touch the right shoulder. Now stretch the left arm upward. Stay in this Posture for 2 to three minutes. Breathe slowly. And then practice this on the left side. The fingers of the left hand touch the left toes. Stretch the right arm upward as before. Practice this 3 to 6 times on each side.
This Asana causes a good lateral stretching of the spine. It is helpful for «Arda Matsyendrasana» and a good prerequisite for «Matsyendrasana». If you have a healthy spine, you can sit for several hours in your Meditation or in an Asana without getting tired. For a Yogi, the spine or «Meru Danda» is a great thing because it is connected to the spinal canal and the sympathetic nervous system.
In the spine there is the «Sushumna Nadi» which plays a great role in the rising of the «Kundalini». This Asana affects the spinal nerves and the abdominal organs, it strengthens the peristalsis of the intestines and promotes the digestive fire («Agni»). It relieves constipation. The body feels lighter. People who suffer from leg shortening due to a broken hip or femur or other bone (tibia or fibula) will benefit from this Asana. In fact, it has a leg lengthening effect. Krishna Kumur Bhargava, an advocate from Sitapur, practiced this Asana for three months. His legs became longer and he was able to walk a few kilometers further.
Swami Sivananda also writes:
«Trikonasana» — The «Triangle» — strengthens the spinal nerves and the abdominal organs, increases the peristaltic movement of the intestines and stimulates the desire to eat. Constipation is cured by «Trikonasana».
The body becomes light through «Trikonasana». Those who have a shortened leg due to a fracture of the hip bones or the upper or lower leg, respectively, will benefit greatly from this Asana. The muscles of the trunk are tightened, relaxed and stretched. This movement keeps the spine springy. The «Trikonasana Exercise» keeps the spine healthy and thoroughly strengthens the spinal nerves.
Here Sukadev instructs you to the Yoga Exercise of «Trikonasana» or the «Triangle» and shows you how to perform this exercise optimally and body-fitting.