Stay Grounded and Balanced Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle)

October 1, 2018

October Pose of the Month

 

Parivrtta Trikonasana - Revolved Triangle Pose

Parivrtta - (Revolved/Twisting)      Trikon - (Triangle)       Asana - (Pose)

 

Level: Beginner

 

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

 

  • Builds concentration and awareness

 

PHYSICAL 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


THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS

 

  • Conspitation

  • Digestive Problems

  • Asthma

  • Lower Back Discomfort

  • Sciatica

 

CAUTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • Back / Spinal Injury

  • Low blood pressure

  • Migraine

  • Diarrhea

  • Headache

  • Insomnia

 

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

 

 

 

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