#15 Trikonasana – Five Pointed Star Pose

Five Pointed Star is a simple pose that is the beginning of more strength building postures like Horse. Kids also can practice stretching out into the star before moving on to forward bends or other poses.

To maximize the benefits of the pose, liken your body to that of a star. As the ‘star’s’ energy and warmth flows and illuminates everything around it, you too can benefit from the same glow.

 

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” BK Iyengar.

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As a beginner it is important that you keep certain things in mind while doing the pose. Firstly, make sure that you have a yoga practitioner to help you with the pose. Also when you perform the pose imagine your body being stretched such that it is lengthened in all directions at the same time. Make sure that your breathing is steady and even. While you breathe feel the breath passing through the center of your body.

Steps:

1. From Mountain pose, step the feet wide apart, with the arms out to the side. The feet should be under the wrists, facing forward and parallel.

2. Press your weight into the feet, pull up the knee caps and squeeze the thighs, tuck the tailbone, and feel the legs strong and solid, rooted into the floor.

3. Reach out through the fingertips, trying to touch the side walls. Relax the shoulders down and back, gently opening the chest towards the front of the room.

4. Inhale and press the crown of the head up towards the ceiling. Look straight ahead with the chin parallel to the floor.

5. Inhale deeply into the belly and chest, exhale press into the feet, fingers and crown, feeling your body expanding out in 5 directions.

6. Keep breathing and hold for 4-8 breaths.

7. To release, bend one knee and step back into Mountain pose.

Variations :

  • One of the variations of the Five Pointed Star Pose is to place your hands on your hips instead of raising them up to the sides. This variation is especially good if you feel any strain in your shoulders or arms when practicing the pose. Of course this changes the energy flow of the pose a little bit as compared to the original position.
  • As you inhale and exhale, you should now concentrate on the flow of energy radiating from the center of the body. There are many schools of yoga that use this variation to ‘bring in’ more healing energy to help reduce problems such as pain or discomfort in the lower back or area of the stomach or even to help treat problems with infertility in women.

Benefits:

  • Tone leg muscles
  • Eliminate stiffness in the hips and legs by stretching the muscles gently.
  • Relieves backache.
  • Reduces pain caused by neck sprains.
  • Straightens out the ankles and neck muscles.
  • Aligns the spine
  • Lengthens out the entire body.
  • Opens up the chest.

Using the pose to help open up the body and increase energy levels. As you stand firmly rooted and stretch out in five different directions, your body is flooded with a powerful wave of positive energy. When you inhale and exhale and open up your chest, the pose helps improves respirations and circulation.

If you have any posture problems such as sitting or standing in an unnatural angle or stooping your shoulders, this pose will help you align your spine and correct such tendencies.

Cautions:

This is a straightforward yoga asana that can be done by everyone irrespective of age or yoga experience.

The only precaution one should take when practicing the pose is to ensure that your lower back is not overly arched and your arms and shoulders are not strained.

Avoid practicing the pose on a full stomach.

Make sure you check with your doctor about practicing the pose in case you are pregnant or have some back or shoulder injury.

Hope you enjoyed!

See you tomorrow!!

Namaste

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