Trisulasana - The Trident



Trisulāsana: त्रिशूल trisula [trisśūla]: trident | myth. the trident of Siva, made by Visvakarmā (vishvakrma) with part of an eighth of the effulgence of Surya (the Sun).

Note: Also transliterated as trishula


Sitting down on the ground with the legs straight forward, the eyes fix a real or virtual point. The hands are crossed and rest on the knees.


Correct positioning of the trunk



The tongue goes into Kechari Mudra or Jiva Bandha. The focus is initially in breathing several times into the spine. During an inhalation, the arms are raised and stretched upwards while rotating the palms of the hands upwards as well.


Trishula 2


Then, during the following exhalation, raise a leg and stretch it. The body forms in this way the archetype of a trident.


Trident LeftTrishula 3Trident Right


It is possible to lean slightly backwards but the trunk must remain as straight as possible.

Energy work: Mula Bandha is maintained throughout the posture. Visamavritti is applied throughout the posture.


Advanced Energy work

  • mula bandha is maintained throughout the posture. Visamavritti is applied throughout the posture Energy work: Apply Uddiyana Bandha (abdominal contraction), Shambavi Mudra (upward gaze) and Kechari Mudra.
  • Visualize the energy filling the nadi (channel) on the side of the stretched leg during the inhalation. Perceive the energy flowing from the root to the summit. Go into full retention and experience the energy condensing into the spine. During the exhalation, perceive the energy flowing down through shushumna (central channel).

This version is interesting in its work on ida and pingala (left and right channels).