Ashtanga Yoga Pose Explained

Parivrtta Trikonasana is the revolved version of Utthita Trikonasana and is commonly known as the 'Revolved Triangle Pose'. This asana is notoriously difficult to perform correctly. We encourage you to use the modification we specify below if you are having any problems executing this asana. Slowly, with time and continuous practice, the body will open up and will allow more rotation. It can take years to work on this asana so no need to rush the process!

Benefits of Parivrtta Trikonasana:

As Parivritta Trikonasana twists the abdomen, it helps relieve constipation and digestive problems. Also, given the movement of the lower back, it does aide in reducing lower back pain. This asana stretches the legs, hips, and spine while it opens the chest to expand the lungs and improve respiration

Breathe, relax, and let’s get ready to go over the steps which continue from Utthita Trikonasana.

Continues from Utthita Trikonasana

(2) Dve - Exhale - Revolve by pulling your right hip back, bringing left hand to the floor, on the outside of the right foot. Keep your right arm up.

Hold the posture and breathe for 5 breaths.

Key points-

- Push on the floor with the bottom hand while pulling up with the top hand to create counter tension. Keep shoulders engaged, consciously moving them down away from the ears.

- Lengthen both sides and pull lower ribs towards the front

(3) Trini - Inhale - Come up slowly

(4) Chatvari - Exhale - Revolve to the other side.

Hold the posture and breathe for 5 breaths.

(5) Pancha - Inhale - Come up slowly and jump into Samasthi.

The eye-gaze, dristi, is Hastagrai (hand).

Tips for Successfully Completing Parivrtta Trikonasana:

For a modification, place the left or right hand on the shin or leg instead of reaching out to the floor. Revolve as much as your body allows and maintain the pose. Breathe.

Keep in mind that feet should be approximately 1 meter apart, or slightly more. The shorter the stance, the easier this asana will be. The heels should be aligned and the back foot is turned at a 90-degree angle. Try to keep your chest as open as possible, resisting the urge to let it collapse towards the ground. Also, work on getting the back heel firmly pressed into the ground. This will provide stability and will greatly improve alignment.