Parivritta Trikonasana: Putting a Twist on Familiar Poses

parivritta trikonasanaParivritta Trikonasana translates to Revolved/Rotated Triangle Pose. So, as you might guess, this exercise will be very similar to Triangle Pose. However, you may not realize that it also is similar to Parsvottanasana.

Even though this is a basic pose, and it resembles a couple other basic poses, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. In fact, if you have tight hamstrings and spinal muscles, you may find this pose quite challenging, so practice with caution.

Pregnant women or individuals with a hernia or any spinal disc issues should not practice this pose.

Parivritta Trikonasana

Remember, this is a beginning level yoga pose, so it’s safe to do at the beginning of a practice. However, don’t be afraid to perform a warm-up if you feel like that’s what you need.

  1. We will be using ujjayi breathing.
  2. Begin with your right leg forward in a  Warrior 1 stance. Straighten your right knee.
  3. Put your hands on your hips. Feel how your hips move as you hinge forward slightly.
  4. Reach your left arm so that you feel a straight line of energy from your left foot through your left fingertips.
  5. Draw your belly to your spine and rotate toward your right leg.
  6. Place your left hand on a block near the outside of your right ankle.
  7. Your right hand can either stay on your hip or reach up toward the ceiling. If it reaches up, you should feel like your arms are reaching in exact opposite directions.
  8. Remember to find muscular energy through your legs. Feel your inner thighs scissor towards each other.
  9. As you breathe, think of lengthening on the inhale and softening to rotate on the exhale.
  10. Breathe 5-8 breaths.
  11. To come out of this pose, rotate to center and step up to Tadasana.
  12. Follow these directions to do the other side.

Parivritta Trikonasana Video

Do you prepare for this pose? If you do, what poses do you do before and/or after? Let us know in the comments.

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Sarah Stockett is STOTT certified in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, Injuries & Special Populations, and CORE; a Yoga Alliance RYT-200; and has studied Active Isolated Stretching. When she is not trying to discover the best exercises to get rid of pain, she likes watching movies and travelling with her family.

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