Parivrtta Trikonasana: Revolved Triangle Pose
Parivrtta trikonasana (par-ee-VRIT-tah trik-cone-AHS-anna) is a great counterpose to its expansive sibling, utthita trikonasana (extended triangle). Stretching your spine and releasing tension in your chest and shoulders is a great antidote to a long work day.
Philosophy + Origin
As the more feminine version of utthita trikonasana, revolved triangle reminds us that there are always two sides to every coin — the dark to the light, the cold to the hot, the feminine to the masculine, the stillness after the movement. Reflecting on the differences and similarities between the two versions of triangle pose can help you find balance between two apparent opposites. Although feminine and masculine might seem like night and day, there’s a place in the middle where the two always meet.
- If shoulders are tight or tender, keep the raised hand on your hip rather than extending it straight toward the sky.
- Use a block under your bottom hand to bring the ground closer to you.
- Press the forearm of the bottom arm against the shin of the front leg to deepen the twist.
- Keep your gaze down or to the side to release the neck.
- Begin in a lunge with your right foot forward. Straighten your front leg and hop your back foot in to place your heel on the ground (pyramid pose).
- Place your left hand on the floor or a block, to the inside of your right foot. Place your right hand to your right hip and encourage your right hip behind you.
- Extend the crown of your head forward, then turn your torso toward your right leg.
- Lift your right arm toward the ceiling.
- Keep rooting down through your left heel.
- Option to turn your gaze to the ceiling.
- Hold for 5-10 breaths, then release back to lunge. Repeat on the other side.
- Pyramid pose | Parsvottanasana
- Wide-legged forward fold | Prasarita padottanasana
- Extended triangle pose | Utthita trikonasana
- Revolved half moon | Parivrtta ardha chandrasana
- Head to knee pose | Janu sirsasana
- Pose dedicated to the sage Marichi II | Marichyasana II
- Parivrtta = revolved
- Trikona = triangle
- Asana = pose
- Expands chest and shoulders.
- Stretches the spine and increases range of motion.
- Strengthens and tones the thighs.
- Soothes and stills the mind.
Ardha Hanumanasana: Half Front Splits Pose
Ardha hanumanasana (are-dah hah-new-mahn-AHS-ah-nah) is a big stretch for hamstrings. This pose is more approachable than full hanumanasana and strengthens the muscles needed to practice front splits safely with the correct muscles properly engaged.
Philosophy + Origin
One of the main characters of the Ramayana is Hanuman, the famous monkey god, devotee of Lord Rama, and son of Vayu (the god of wind). He is celebrated in the pose hanumanasana, which physically represents his famous “leap of faith,” taking him across the ocean from India to Sri Lanka. Ardha hanumanasana, the preparatory pose for hanumanasana, can represent the stability and strength needed to make grand, world-changing (or life-changing) gestures. Rather than only focusing on gaining flexibility, practice ardha hanumanasana to create a healthy balance of flexibility and strength. When practicing ardha hanumanasana, remind yourself of the dangers of only being flexible in life; in order to really get where you want to go, you must also be strong and stable.