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Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle), and related poses such as Baddha Trikonasana (Bound Triangle)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.

Utthita Trikonasana

oo-TEE-tah tree-ko-NAH-suh-nuh

“utthita” = extended

“tri” = three

“kona” = angle

Extended Triangle Pose

Heart of Pose

  • Strengthening & Opening
  • Standing Pose

Utthita Trikonasana and Utthita Parsvakonasana aren’t true side-stretching poses because you’re working in them to keep length in both sides of the waist and ribs. – Julie Gudmestad, Yoga Journal, The Anatomy of a Satisfying Side Stretch  link

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