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.
Vrksasana: Tree Pose
Vrksasana (vrik-SHAHS-ah-nah) is a deceptively challenging pose. While at first glance tree pose may seem easy, the combination of strength, balance, and flexibility required can take lots of practice. Never fear, props like a wall or a chair can come in handy while finding the balance point of the pose, and there are plenty of variations to fit everyone’s practice. This is a great pose to practice dristi (focused gaze) to help with balance.
Philosophy + Origin
In many Indian traditions, trees, specifically the ashoka tree, are symbols of love and devotion. Many cultures seek the knowledge of trees for healing, searching their branches, trunks, leaves, and roots for powerful medicine. Patient by nature, trees are quiet and steady, living their long lives in rhythm with the seasons and the circadian rhythm of the world. In Indian literature, trees often make appearances as sacred symbols of the universe, a bridge between creator and individual.