Triang Mukha Eka Pada Paschimottanasana --> Folded Leg Forward Bend

Triang Mukha Eka Pada Paschimottanasana Health Benefits

In Sanskrit "triang" means three limbs, "mukha" means face, "eka" means one, "pada" means foot, "paschima" means west, "uttana" means tense and "asana" means pose. Therefore it means three body parts and the face involved in a tense one foot back stretch.   It is easier to reach the forward foot in this posture than in the other seated forward bends in Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. It is therapeutic for ankle or knee sprains and any swelling in the legs. It also keeps the internal organs from being sluggish. Overall the posture keeps you healthy and trim especially combining it with other forward bend postures. 

  • It helps to recover from travels as it helps with leg swelling
  • It gets rid of fatigue
  • Helps with insomnia problems (good to do the posture before bed if can't sleep)
  • Opens up the hips and knees
  • Stretches hamstrings and spine 
  • Tones the abdominal muscles in a passive way
  • Calms the mind