Revolved Triangle Pose puts a fun twist on its original version, Trikonasana. You can take delight in knowing its twisted version provides the same awesome benefits as its pure form. The inner thigh and hamstring receive an intense stretch as the legs are straightened and the body folds downwards. 

When practising Parivrtta Trikonasana, the sanskrit term for this yoga pose, the upper body is turned in the opposite direction. This twist relieves the stomach of any bloating while massaging the inner organs to aid in digestion.

Benefits of Revolved Triangle Pose or Parivrtta Trikonasana

Revolved Triangle Pose is ideal for when you want a full-body stretch (as long as you complete the stretch in the opposite direction with the other leg forward afterwards). This chest opener will also realign the spine to improve your posture while a stretch in the shoulders eases away any held tension. 

Prana will concentrate in the oblique and radiate throughout the abdomen for an excellent tummy toner. You will lengthen the muscles in the thighs, especially the overlooked hamstrings.

Chakras involved in Parivrtta Trikonasana

Restore the energy within your heart chakra with Parivrtta Trikonasana. Known as the Anahata, this wheel of prana deals with love, joy, affection, and happiness. Revolved Triangle Pose also opens the Visuddha found within the throat. When the throat chakra is in balance, you are able to speak the truth without hesitation. You may be experiencing a blocked Visuddha

How to practise Revolved Triangle pose

1. To enter Revolved Triangle Pose, begin by standing at the top of your yoga mat in Mountain Pose. Prepare the body for movement by shifting your weight to the left foot. Tentatively lift the right foot from the ground and swing it behind you for a wide-legged stand.
2. With the legs parted, turn the right foot slightly outwards to allow the heel to come to the ground. Make sure that the legs are wide enough horizontally so you do not lose your balance. About hip-distance apart is ideal.
3. With the legs as wide vertically as you can get them, turn your attention towards your posture. Part of the Revolved Triangle is bending forward at the waist with a flat back. Suck in your navel slightly to lift the chest. Then find length in the neck to align the spine before slowly bending forward.
4. Stop bending once your upper body is about parallel to the ground. Release your left hand to the ground, and if necessary, go a little lower until the fingertips brush against your yoga mat. You also have the option of tenting the fingers to apply some weight into this arm for a gentler side-body workout.
5. Inhale and lift the right arm overhead to point your fingertips towards the sky. Turn the palm inwards so it is facing your left – this will help activate the shoulders and prevent the chest from contracting.
6. You are now in Revolved Triangle Pose. Reflect on your sensations, both physically and emotionally as you hold this position. Breathe.
7. To come out of Parivrtta Trikonasana, use a big inhalation to draw power from the core and lift your body back to centre. Think of using your elevated arm as leverage to help lift the upper body from its triangle position. Once the upper body is erect, you can step the feet back together and continue through your yoga sequence.

Tips for Beginners

1. You have the option of hovering the lower hand above the ground for an intensified oblique workout or placing your weight fully on the floor if you are already receiving enough energy in the side body.
2. Consider where to place your neck. Looking downwards can alleviate neck strain which is beneficial if you are prone to discomfort in this area. If you prefer a bit of a neck stretch, gently look upwards and see how long you can comfortably hold your gaze.

Optional Props to help you practice Revolved Triangle Pose

1. Adding a yoga block under the hand that reaches for the ground can add height to your Triangle and prevent crunching too far forward. Depending on your height, you can lay the block on its short end for greater height or its longer end for less height. If you do not have a yoga block on hand, a stack of books or a chair will also work.

When to Avoid the practice of Parivrtta Trikonasana

Take caution when practicing Revolved Triangle Pose if you have a history of neck or spinal injury. Consult with a medical professional before engaging in this posture. If you have not had a neck or spine injury but are concerned about the pose, first enter the pose with an experienced yoga instructor to help guide you through this position.

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