TRIKOṆĀSANA
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The Triangle: A lateral bend resembling a triangle.

Since this āsana gives the appearance of a triangle, it bears the name Trikoṇāsana. The Triangle is a unique āsana. It provides very good lateral movement to the spine and stretches and strengthens several muscles on the side of the body at the same time. It also helps with balance. It augments the movement of the Half Spinal Twist and is the last of the twelve basic āsanas in the cycle. With the completion of this pose, we have now stretched the spine in every direction: front-to-back, side-to-side, and twisting to both sides.

Objective: A lateral stretch for the spine on both sides.

Initial Pose

Stand up straight, and place your feet slightly more than shoulder width apart.

To the Side

The Triangle is a lateral stretch for your trunk muscles and spine, and makes your hips, legs, and shoulders more flexible. Stretch your right arm up, then bend to your left, sliding your left hand down your thigh. Do not twist your body. Hold for 30 seconds, working up to two minutes with practice. Inhale as you straighten up again. Repeat the pose on the other side.

Body Line

Your body forms a straight line, parallel to the floor, from your waist to your fingertips.

For Further Reading

•   The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga
•   Sivananda Companion Book of Yoga