Depending on the school of yoga, there may or may not be a difference between the terms trikonasana and utthita trikonasana, but where a variation is noted is in the hand placement and position of the torso. Trikonasana is also similar to parsvakonasana, the difference being that the former maintains straight legs, while the latter is performed with the lead leg bent at a 90-degree angle.
Variations of trikonasana include:
- Baddha trikonasana (bound triangle pose), in which one arm wraps around the lead leg and grabs the wrist of the opposite arm behind the back.
- Parivrtta trikonasana (revolved triangle pose), in which the upper body twists so that the opposite arm extends to the ground.
In Satyananda yoga, trikonasana is a series of asanas – usually four to five – performed in a sequence, but given the name "trikonasana."
Trikonasana is thought to stimulate the svadisthana chakra. This chakra is the center of creativity, pleasure and enjoyment.