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Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)


A look at how to do Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose) in the Iyengar method.

Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)

What is Utthita Trikonasana?

Triangle pose. One of the most essential and iconic standing postures. This pose cultivates flexibility, strength and steadiness in the legs, arms and spine. In Trikonasana, the arms and legs are extended and dynamic, and the spine lengthens. The chest and torso rotate away from the floor, resisting the effects of gravity on the body.

When to use Utthita Trikonasana?

This pose can be included in a wide variety of sequences. It is learnt early on in the practice of yoga and continues to be valuable throughout the practitioner’s life. Use Triangle pose early in a practice to warm the muscles and condition the body for later poses. It goes well together with such standing poses as Utthita Parsvakonasana, Ardha Chandrasana, Prasarita Padottanasana, Parsvottanasana, and its revolved variation, Parivritta Trikonasana. As you become more experienced, different actions in Trikonasana can be emphasised, depending on what poses will follow, later in the sequence.

This pose is a great “all-rounder” for virtually any practice.