Asana: Trikonasana

3 Jan

Trikonasana (triangle pose) is a foundational standing pose in asana.

Be mindful of knee alignment, not torquing the front knee but keeping it pointing in the same direction as the second toe.  If you tend to hyperextend the knee joint, keep a micro bend in the knee by engaging the hamstring strongly as it lengthens.  Breathe slowly and fully as you practice, and come out of the pose by returning to standing whenever you need to.  Notice sensation in your body, and please come out of the pose if you feel pain.


  • Stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles
  • Stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine
  • Balances the hips and low back
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digestion (relieves gastritis, indigestion, acidity, and flatulence)
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort, as it massages and tones the pelvic area
  • Alleviates backache, improves flexibility of spine
  • Therapeutic for anxiety, flat feet, infertility, neck pain, osteoporosis, and sciatica


Approach these asanas slowly and mindfully. If something hurts, back out of the pose gently and reassess. Do not ever push through pain. The techniques and suggestions presented in these videos are not intended to substitute for medical advice. Consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program. Jessie Tierney and YogAscent/Horseback Yoga videos and website assume no responsibility for injuries suffered while practicing these techniques. If you are new to exercise or yoga, are elderly, have any chronic or recurring conditions such as high blood pressure, neck or back pain, arthritis, heart disease, and so on, seek your physician’s advice before practicing to determine necessary precautions.

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