Pose of the Month: Revolved Triangle Parivrtta Trikonasana

April is all about that Spring Cleaning! Hopefully we are moving out of that cold and into a little warmer days. For many of us that means changing out some wardrobes, cleaning and packing away those heavy blankets and getting ready for something a little bit lighter. For others of us it may mean changing up our diets, our exercise routines, or maybe expanding our scope.

Whatever cleanse you may be in need of, yoga is a great way to clear out the stale, the old, the heavy, and come into a space of lightness and prepare for that sense of newness. AS we often reflect upon, yoga is a process that takes time, so sometimes one pose will feel like it has cleared us out, and other times it will take a little more tapas (burning drive/practice) to feel that sense of cleanse and space.

If you are looking for one posture that is a FANTASTIC one off for clearing out the old and make room for the new is Revolved Triangle or Parivritta Trikonasana. I understand that some of you may be thinking that Triangle or Trikonasana is often a challenge, and may be hesitant to try twisting it up. Parivritta Trikonasana offers a LOT of options to move into this pose as you see fit, all with wonderful benefits.

Coming into Revolved Triangle:

  • From Tadasana – Mountain Pose step back with the left leg, keeping legs about hips distance apart.
  • Step back slightly less than you would for Warrior I. With the back foot, rotate the foot slightly inward towards the midline of the body.
  • Inhale arms up to about shoulder height and open them out to a T. Allow the shoulder blades to be relaxed, and the tension in the arms to be light. Only engage the muscles that you need.
  • Take a nice deep breath and on the exhale rotate towards the right leg. If this is the place to hang out, do so. This gentle twist can be great for the hips, the torso, opening up the breath.
  • If you feel like take a bend and allowing the left hand to move towards the right leg, this is a possibility, and the hand can find whenerever is comfortable to rest. Blocks can be useful here, though some of us gind even that to be too crunching.
  • Try the other side after a few breaths.

This posture is extremely clearing for the breath, the digestion and the muscles of the body. Give it a try today!