When the final position is struck in this Yogic exercise, the body of the performer resembles a triangle, hence the name Trikonasana. The figures of its four positions have been given below to explain the right technique of this asana.
- Stand erect keeping a distance of about 75 cms between the feet. Stretch the arms sideways.
- Then raise them to the level of the shoulders.
- Let the palms face the ground. Stand erect. (See figure 1.)
- Then bend the trunk to the left side and touch the left toes with the left hand.
- Stretch the right arm upwards and straighten it. Keep the eyes fixed on the right arm.
- Bring the left hand near the left toe. (See figure 2.)
- Keep the left hand in the same position and rotate the right arm from over the waist and bring it to the head level.
- Look down¬ward. (See figure 3.) Then touch the right toes with the right hand.
- This is the final position of Trikonasana. (See figure 4.) Rest for five to ten seconds and repeat this exercise with the right arm downside and the left arm upside.
- Hold each position for two seconds. Practice this asana four or five times a day.
Advantages of Trikonasana :
- This asana relieves the stiffness of the neck.
- It relieves the pain in the joints of the neck and the shoulders. It also exercises the spinal cord, the hips, the thighs, the arms and the fingers.
- It makes the spine flexible and develops the mental power. This asana is also beneficial to the eyes.