Benefits of the triangle pose

Category: Article or Blog Published: Wednesday, 11 April 2018 Written by Sarah PJ White

The triangle pose (or TrikonasanaTrikona, meaning triangle or three angles and sana meaning pose) is a great pose for stretching out various muscle groups, improving digestion and for helping to reduce symptoms of various ailments. So let’s break it down and see exactly why the triangle pose is an important asana to add to your yoga workout.

Strengthening

As with all yoga asanas, Trikonasana helps to strengthen various muscles in your body. Both your lower and upper body areas will benefit from the triangle pose, including your chest and arms, abdomen, legs, knees and ankles.

Stretching it out

Again, stretching muscle groups is a fundamental part of any yoga pose, with the triangle pose focusing particularly on the following areas: your groin, hamstrings and calves. However it’s also a great asana to stretch out your shoulders, spine and chest too – and it also opens out your hips, bringing a wealth of additional health benefits, as mentioned below.

The health benefits of the triangle pose

When it comes to health benefits, the triangle pose improves, stimulates and reduces! Firstly, it improves your digestive system. How? Well it stimulates those abdominal and digestive organs, making it a great reliever or constipation and digestive upset. It also massages the muscles and nerves in the pelvic area, releasing stiffness and helping with any aches and pains, plus it helps reduce the symptoms of women going through the menopause.

As the triangle pose opens and stretches the hip area, it also helps relieve symptoms of sciatica and back pain. Oh, and it’s also great for those who have flat feet!

Yoga has long been known to reduce stress levels, anxiety and depression, and the triangle pose is no different.

When to avoid the triangle pose

There are a few contraindications that need to be taken into account, before you attempt the triangle pose. Those with low blood pressure are best avoiding this pose, as are those who are suffering from back and/or neck injuries. It’s also best avoided, if you’re suffering from a migraine or upset stomach. Finally, those with high blood pressure CAN use this pose – however, I’d avoid holding your hands and arms above your head, as this will increase your blood pressure.

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