Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana)

Revolved Triangle (Sanskrit name: Parivrtta Trikonasana) puts the spin in Triangle Pose… literally!

This posture requires a great deal of mobility in the legs, torso, and shoulders. Additionally, it emphasizes balance and connection to the breath.

Because this twist is so deep, it is often difficult to maintain smooth, even breath so the challenge lies in maintaining that breath awareness throughout the posture.

While it is a foundational posture, it is also one that is challenging and not to be skipped! It is a standing posture typically done in combination with other poses such as Triangles, Warriors, or Lunges.

The pose itself is particularly beneficial for back pain, sciatica, hamstring tightness, and digestive problems.

How to Do Revolved Triangle Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

From Mountain Pose, set your feet up as your would for Pyramid Pose with the right leg forward. You want heel-to-heel alignment with the back foot around 2.5-3 feet back, heel down, toes pointed 45 degrees forward.

Step 2

Square off the hips by drawing the right hip back and pressing the left hip forward. The legs stay straight by drawing the kneecaps up to the hips.

Step 3

Place the right hand on the hip and reach the left arm to the sky as you inhale.

Step 4

On an exhalation, begin to reach forward and down to initiate the twist from your center.

Step 5

Place the left hand on the outside of the right foot and reach the right hand up to the sky, rolling the right shoulder back. Feel a deep spiral through the center of the body without collapsing and continue pressing down through the back heel.

Step 6

Stay for 5 breaths, then inhale to rise back up.

Revolved Triangle Pose Benefits

  • Stretches the hamstrings, calves, hips, and shoulders
  • Strengthens the legs and core
  • Improves back pain and sciatica
  • Better balance
  • Increased lung capacity
  • Stimulates digestion