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revolved triangle pose (parivrtta trikonasana)

revolved triangle pose (parivrtta trikonasana)

by January 23, 2014

Revolved Triangle Pose, or Parivrtta Trikonasana in Sanskrit, is an adjustment on the regular Triangle Pose. It provides a nice twist to your midsection, plus it strengthens and stretches your legs, hips, shoulders and arms.

If you have difficulty getting into this pose, you can bring your hand to the floor on the inside of the front foot instead of the outside. You could also hold your thigh or shin instead of bringing your hand all the way to the floor, or use a block on the floor.

Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana):

Begin this pose by standing in Mountain Pose. Step your right foot forward and your left foot back so your feet are 3 to 4 feet from each other, with your left foot facing out at 45 degrees and with your heels in line with one another. Or, another method is to start in Mountain Pose, step the feet apart to the sides and then twist your feet and hips to face one side.

Keep your hips facing forward and try to square them to the front of your mat, extend your torso up and bring your arms up to the sides so they are parallel to the ground. Keep your shoulders back and down and keep your front leg straight. Breathe out as you slowly bend at the hips and twist your torso, bringing your left hand over your right leg and placing it on the floor on the outside of the right foot. Twist your torso farther and bring your right arm straight overhead. Look straight ahead or at the floor in the beginning, and after improving in this pose, twist your neck to look up.

Hold this pose for up to one minute, breathing lightly as you hold it. Breathe out and bring your torso back up as you inhale. Finally, bring your legs back together into Mountain Pose and switch to the other side.

This is a very intense and uncomfortable posture in the beginning, take it slow, and use blocks and variations suggested above.

Benefits:

  • The twisting motion is beneficial for digestive concerns, back pain and sciatica, plus it is stimulating and cleansing to the abdominal organs
  • This pose strengthens the legs
  • It stretches and benefits the back, legs, hips, chest, ankles, shoulders and other areas
  • This pose also improves asthma and balance

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