Trikonasana (triangle pose, or more correctly utthita trikonsasna – extended triangle), is one of the ‘classic’ yoga poses that is depicted in most books on yoga (and now in yoga images and videos online).
However, there are several different ways of approaching this posture, and this Yoga Journal article outlines five different styles of yoga and how they approach trikonasana.
My current practice and teaching is to think about what our intention is for each posture and I have found that the approach that often works best for many students is to think of trikonasana as a rotation (twist) for the spine. Starting from there, I align (no pun intended) with Peter Blackaby’s approach and we come into the pose moving forwards rather than sideways (feet facing forwards, about hip width apart).
In a recent class I taught we explored both the ‘Peter Blackaby’ style, as well as the version I like best, which is a wide-legged position. I was under the impression this was the Sivananda style, but after reading the above article I don’t think it is. My version could also be seen as revolved wide-leg standing forward fold (parivrtta prasarita padottanasana) but in most pictures of that pose the hand holds the foot, and so it’s quite different for the lower back. I do know that it’s not the Iyengar version though.
Which way do you like to practice trikonasana, if at all?