Utthita TrikonasanaExtended Triangle Pose - Level One Standing Poseoot-Tee-ta Tree-CO-naah-suh-nuh
“When I get the lines clear, it not only looks good but feels amazing! Your body is a geometric collection of lines and curves. In Yoga, you use your body to create shapes—triangles, squares, and diamonds. ” ~Alyona Mindlin
Utthita means extended or stretched. Trikona translates specifically to tri= three, kona= angle, or as translated into English triangle. Asana means seat, pose, or posture. The full standing pose would be called extended triangle pose, but it is often shortened to simply triangle pose.
Extended triangle pose is an asymmetrical standing pose that is also a hip opener and works mild spinal rotation. It is performed two times. Once to the right and then to the left. The most striking part of the triangle pose is it’s incredible geometry. You can find the triangle in so many spaces of the body.
The pose is first described in the 20th century, appearing in the teaching of Krishnamacharya, including his 1934 book Yoga Makaranda, and in the teachings of his well known students, Pattahabi Jois, and B.K.S. Iyengar. In the Ashtanga series by Pattahbi Jois, the pose can be found as the third standing pose after the sun salutation series. In Light on Yoga by Iyengar, the pose presents itself on as forth posture in the asana (pose) section.
How to do Utthita Trikonasana
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