Trikonasana: Yoga for a strong digestion

By Atul Vyas

The weak or imbalanced third chakra could make three body parts weak, namely head, eyes, solar plexus and thighs and could result in to various symptoms such as cramps, gas, ulcers, colitis, heartburn, pain in the abdomen, gallstones, liver, stomach and other digestive problems.

The symptoms of too much energy are that such individuals are overly intense about life, they have huge ego and are extremely demanding and want everyone surrounding them to be perfect. They are often very angry, unpredictable and it is extremely stressful to be with such individuals.

In personal life, such individuals are very insecure and do not feel safe. They have difficulty in holding jobs.
There are many yogic interventions to balance the third chakra, imbalanced by excessive energy. One of them is Trikonasana. This pose balances by coordinating the complexity of the third chakra by directing energy lines through the legs, torso and arms, all moving in different directions. One should visualize that these lines all radiate outward from your third chakra like rays of the Sun.

· Stand with feet apart in a wide stance
· Turn right foot out at ninety degrees, keeping left foot straight
· Draw the earth energy into your third chakra
· Now, bend from waist to right side keeping the torso and head in one line and at ninety degrees to the legs and hips
· Now, raise the left arm up in the line with left shoulder perpendicular to the torso fully stretched elbow locked and palms stretched out
· At the same time, tip the right arm downwards reaching for the floor directly below the right shoulder either on the ankle or side of the shin bone
· Look toward the upper fingertips, keeping the neck in-line with the spine
· Breathe normally
· Repeat it on the other side

· Improves digestion
· Balances extra energy at the third chakra
· Strengthens thighs
· Makes liver, stomach, and bladder healthy
· Makes head and eyes healthy
· Strengthens will

Note of Caution
Those suffering from low blood pressure, heart diseases or any hip injuries should avoid this pose.


Atul Vyas likes to be called a “Yoga Scientist”. He is a celebrity yoga trainer and has trained several top Hollywood and Bollywood stars. He has trained for years under many eminent yoga gurus including his illustrious mother Daya Vyas, the first lady yoga guru of India.

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