Yoga Pose Breakdown: Parivrtta Trikonasana - Revolved Triangle Pose

Sanskrit Name: Parivrtta Trikonasana (par-ee-vrit-tah trik-cone-AHS-anna) 
Parivrtta = To turn around, revolve
Trikona = Three angle or triangle
Asana = Pose

Get Started: 

  • Begin in Tadasana
  • Step your feet three to four feet apart
  • Extend your arms parallel and reach through your fingertips as your palms face the earth
  • Turn your left foot in 45 to 60 degrees to the right and your right foot out to the right 90 degrees
  • Bring your feet to roughly heel to heel alignment
  • Firm your thighs and rotate your right thigh externally
  • Turn your torso to the right as you square your hips to the front
  • Keep grounding down firmly through your left heel
  • Hinge forward and reach your left hand down over your front foot or on a block to either side of the foot
  • Open your chest out to the right and keep your arms in one line as you firm your belly and shoulders down your spine
  • Gaze straight forward or up to your top arm

Benefits: This pose strengthens and stretches the legs, stretches the hips and spine and opens the chest to improve breathing. It also may relieve mild back pain, stimulate the abdominal organs and improve general sense of balance.

[Related: Yoga Pose Breakdown | Extended Triangle, Utthita Trikonasana]

Contradictions: Practice with caution or with an experienced teacher if you've had any sort of back injury. Avoid it if you have low blood pressure, diarrhea, headaches or insomnia. 

Know Your Asana: Once you master this pose, try Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana (Revolved Half Moon Pose) to add challenge to the pose. 

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