October Pose of the Month
Parivrtta Trikonasana - Revolved Triangle Pose
Parivrtta - (Revolved/Twisting) Trikon - (Triangle) Asana - (Pose)
Welcome to October. October is one of my favorite months, I love the cool crisp days that it brings along with the cosy nights in and soothing comfort foods that it brings. October is classic Vata Season, Vata governs movement in the body and activates the nervous system and processes of elimination. The qualities of Vata are cold, dry, rough, light, changeable, irregular and moving. The elements are air and space. With ample amounts of Vata energy present during the Autumn, our bodies and minds can easily become overwhelmed and out of balance, its often a time when we feel unsettled, ungrounded and unstable. We can however use our yoga practice to help balance out this unsettling, light airy energy.
So when nature and the outside world really starts to get moving and the pace starts to pick up, we want to pull in and ground down. Parivrtta Trikonasana is a wonderful pose to achieve this. It requires strong, stable legs to keep you grounded and more balanced. Parivrtta Trikonasana is a forward fold which is inherently calming and grounding, a twisting pose which aids the digestive system and when you get down into it, you realise it also requires a tremendous amount of balance as it gets wobbly if your legs are not energised and strong,, the extra challenge of the balance forces us to focus on the breath to steady us physically and mentally.
There are two main dynamic energies required while practicing Revolved Triangle Pose. The first is rooting the legs into the earth and plugging everything in and the second is sending energy up and out through the extended arm after you have grounded and stabilised yourself. The downward energy in the legs and feet provide that stability and strength while the upwards energy provides a sense of flexibility and freedom and joy in the pose.
So lets dive in and explore Parivrtta Trikonasana.
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL BENEFITS
Strengthens and stretches the legs
Stretches the hips
Increases flexibility of the spine
Opens the chest and improves breathing
Relieves mild back pain
Stimulates the abdominal organs
Increases flexibility in shoulders and upper back
Improves sense of balance
Lower Back Discomfort
CAUTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS
Back / Spinal Injury
Low blood pressure
HINTS AND TIPS
Shorten your stride if you feel unstable
Make sure your legs are strong this means you'll be less wobbly therefore more stable
Place grounded hand inside the foot or on a block if find it hard to twist while keeping the hips steady