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.
Virabhadrasana III: Warrior III Pose
Warrior III, or virabhadrasana (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-ah-nah) III, is a challenging pose of balance and strength.
Philosophy + Origin
A fierce warrior, Virabhadra is often depicted as having a thousand heads, eyes, and feet. Draped in the skin of a tiger, this warrior wields a thousand clubs. In Virabhadra’s origin story, he is created from a single dreadlock from Shiva’s head, a manifestation of the rage he feels upon feeling like his true love has died. The shape of virabhadrasana III comes from this story, the moment when Virabhadra beheads the king Daksha and extends forward to place the head on a stake.
Despite the outward appearance and violent origin, this powerful pose is actually a great reminder of our own inner strength and the measures we would take in the name of true love.