Utthita Trikonasana

Definition - What does Utthita Trikonasana mean?

Uttihita trikonasana is a standing yoga asana that requires balance and flexibility. In this posture, straight legs are spread apart and one foot is at a 90-degree angle. With both arms extended, the body bends toward the lead foot so that one arm reaches toward the ground and the other toward the sky. In addition to a range of physical benefits, uttihita trikonasana is believed to stimulate energy pathways in the body.

The name comes from the Sanskrit utthita, meaning “extended,” trikona, meaning “three corners” or “triangle,” and asana, meaning “pose.” The term is often used synonymously with trikonasana (triangle pose).

The common English name for utthita trikonasana is extended triangle pose.

Yogapedia explains Utthita Trikonasana

Traditionally, utthita trikonasana is thought to activate the third, or manipura, chakra. This chakra is the body's energy and vitality center, and activating it through this asana is believed to dispel fear and insecurity.

Depending on the school of yoga, there might or might not be a difference between the terms utthita trikonasana and trikonasana, but where a variation is noted, the hand placement and position of the torso varies slightly. Utthita trikonasana is similar to utthita parsvakonasana (extended side angle pose), except the latter is practiced with the lead leg in virabhadrasana lunge position.

Utthita trikonasana is part of the primary series of Ashtanga yoga and a key component of other styles of yoga. A related pose is parivrtta trikonasana (revolved triangle pose), in which the upper body twists so that the opposite arm extends to the ground.

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