This asana is a more challenging
paschimottanasana (seated forward bend), which is one of
the 12 basic postures of Hatha yoga and is also part of the Ashtanga
yoga primary series.
Traditionally, as a forward bend, triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana is believed to open the manipura (navel) chakra, the body's energy and vitality center.
Activating the manipura dispels fear and insecurity, and is associated
with self-esteem, self-confidence and a sense of purpose.
Triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana
is a key preparatory asana for
krounchasana (heron pose). Those with limited
flexibility or tight hips may practice the posture with a blanket or
booster under the sit bone of the straight leg.