Parivrtta Trikonasana: Revolved Triangle Pose

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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.

ADJUSTMENTS/MODIFICATIONS:

  • 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.

STEP-BY-STEP:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Extend the crown of your head forward, then turn your torso toward your right leg.
  4. Lift your right arm toward the ceiling.
  5. Keep rooting down through your left heel.
  6. Option to turn your gaze to the ceiling.
  7. Hold for 5-10 breaths, then release back to lunge. Repeat on the other side.

PREPARATORY POSES:

SEQUENTIAL POSES:

COUNTER POSES:

SANSKRIT:

  • Parivrtta = revolved
  • Trikona = triangle
  • Asana = pose

PHYSICAL BENEFITS:

  • Expands chest and shoulders.
  • Stretches the spine and increases range of motion.
  • Strengthens and tones the thighs.

ENERGETIC BENEFITS:

  • Soothes and stills the mind.


Agnistambhasana: Firelog Pose

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ADJUSTMENTS    |     BENEFITS   |     SEQUENCING    |     SANSKRIT    |     STEPS

Agnistambhasana (AG-nee-stahm-BAHS-ah-nah) is sometimes referred to as double pigeon pose because the legs take a similar shape as they do in pigeon pose. Firelog pose creates a deep stretch in the outer hips and space in the low back.

Philosophy + Origin

Fire (agni) is a transformative element. Agnistambhasana can be very uncomfortable as many people carry deep tension in their hips. See if you can feel the fire building in your hips and with your breath as you hold this pose.

ADJUSTMENTS/MODIFICATIONS:

  • Sit on a folded blanket or block to create more space for your hips.
  • Place your top leg in front of your bottom leg (rather than on top of it) to ease pressure on the knees.
  • Use a block under your top ankle to release pressure on your bottom leg.
  • Use a block under your top knee to help the hip relax and to relieve discomfort in the knee.
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