Trikonasana

This pose is a metaphor of Trinity such as birth – life – death, mind – body – spirit, consciousness – subconsciousness – supraconsciousness.  

In the Universe, there are three cosmic functions of Creation, Maintenance, and Destruction. In the yoga philosophy, these functions are represented respectively by Brahma the God of Creation, Vishnu, the God of Maintenance, and Shiva, the God of Destruction.  

In tantric yoga philosophy, yantras, based on triangles are the geometrical representation of the cosmic unity. The upward facing triangles represent aspiration toward the transcendental or the female aspect of the energy (Shakti), and an downward facing triangle represents the source of energy and the root of life or the male aspect of energy (Shiva). When the two are connected, multiple triangles emerge, signifying the web of the universal existence.

 In Trikonasana pose, we create a yantra with firm straight lines.

Trikonasana

The Lalita Sahasranama in diagrammatic form, showing how its nine interlocking triangles form a total of 43 smaller triangles.

How to Practice Trikonasana

The foundation of this pose is the triangle between the legs and the earth. Our strong legs should be firm creating a stable and balanced foundation from which we can bend sideways. The sides of the body should be straight lines. While lifting and pushing the hips towards the back leg, we bring one hand down and the other up, creating thus another triangle with one leg and arm and the body. We use blocks to place the hands if we need to.

Do you observe which part of the pose is most challenging and easy for you? Entering, maintaining, or getting out?

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