Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose) and modifications
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How to practice: Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)

By: Delight Yoga

Six simple Fundamental Asanas (postures) build the foundation of an Astanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. They are often called “standing positions” because they are composed of six relatively easy standing asanas. Trikoṇāsana is the third of these fundamental postures.

The six fundamental postures are right at the beginning of every Astanga Yoga practice. No matter how advanced you are, after five rounds of Surya Namaskara A and B, you start with these postures. Here, you carry the rhythm you have set up in Surya Namaskara A & B in a flow from asana to asana. With this solid basis, you are perfectly prepared to enter whichever series you are practising.

Parivrtta Trikonasana, or 'Revolved Triangle Pose', is usually sequenced just after (as a counterpose to) Trikonasana. You can also use this pose as a standing preparation for seated forward bends and twists.

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Parivrtta Trikonasana Instructions

  1. ekam
    Inhale, stepping back with the right foot, extend arms to the side
    Dhristi: to the tip of the hand (hastagre)

  2. dve
    Exhale, place left hand on outside edge of right foot
    Dhristi: to the tip of the foot​ (padayoragre)

    5 breaths, Parivrtta Trikonasana (right side)
    Dhristi: to the tip of the hand (hastagre)

  3. trini
    Inhale, square up, turn, extend arms to side
    Dhristi: to the tip of the hand (hastagre)

  4. catvari
    Exhale, place right hand on outside edge of left foot
    Dhristi: to the tip of the foot (padayoragre)

    5 breaths, Parivrtta Trikonasana (left side)
    Dhristi: to the tip of the hand (hastagre)

  5. pacca
    Inhale, square off to side (turn)
    Dhristi: to the nose (nasagre)

    Exhale, stepping to the front of the mat, Samasthitih
    Dhristi: to the nose (nasagre)

Parivrtta Trikonasana Benefits

  • Stretches and strengthens the legs (thigh, calf and hamstring)

  • Stretches the hips and spine

  • Opens the chest to improve breathing

  • Relieves mild back pain

  • Stimulates the abdominal organs

  • Improves sense of balance

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