An Easy Guide to Parivrtta Trikonasana or Revolved Triangle Pose
Parivrtta Trikonasana is also known as the Revolved Triangle Pose, because the formation of the forward leg, bent torso and extended arm creates a revolved triangle shape in the gap between these areas. This yoga pose stimulates the abdominal organs, so its beneficial for health conditions like menstrual cramps.
Parivrtta Trikonasana is a great stretch for the entire leg.
This pose will strengthen the legs, hips and back and open the chest, all while improving balance.
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How to do Parivrtta Trikonasana, or Revolved Triangle Pose, in easy steps
To begin, stand in Mountain pose (Tadasana).
Inhale and lightly jump or step your feet 3 to 3 1/2ft apart.
Turn the feet to the right - the left foot 60 degrees and the right foot 90 degrees.
Align the feet so the right heel is in line with the left instep. If this feels unbalanced, step the left foot a bit further to the left.
On an inhalation, raise the arms parallel to the floor and stretch through the arms.
Rotate the upper body all the way to the front while bringing the left hip forward and the right side slightly back.
Press the left heel down and, with an exhalation, turn your torso a little further to the right. Then bend over the right leg.
Bring the left hand lightly onto the shin, the ankle or a block placed on either the inside or the outside of your right foot.
Inhale and slowly raise the right arm, directly over your shoulder.
Firmly press through both feet. Breathe smoothly.
Either keep the head in a neutral position, looking forward, or - if you want to challenge your sense of balance - turn the head up to gaze at the right thumb. Only do this if your neck feels comfortable.
Stay in this pose for 5 to 10 breaths.
When you're ready inhale and raise the upper body, release your arms and gently come back to the front of the mat. Repeat on the other side.
Yoga pose category: Standing
Although this is a beginners’ yoga pose, it can be difficult to maintain balance with a wide stride. Try narrowing your stance – it will become easier to remain stable. If you’re struggling to stretch enough to place your hand on the floor, why not try placing a yoga block under your palm to support it.
Sanskrit words meaning:
Parivrtta - revolved
Trikona - triangle
Asana - pose
Yoga pose health benefits:
Like all yoga poses, Parivrtta Trikonasana has many health benefits. Use it to help with the following health conditions:
Yoga pose contraindications:
Don’t practice Parivrtta Trikonasana if you have any of the following health conditions:
Low blood pressure
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