Pose of the Month: Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)
Parvritta Trikonasana is a great pose to bridge the gap between the mind body connection. Because of its challenging twisting nature it allows us to focus more on the body alignment in the present moment rather than the outside situations created from our mind. Revolved Triangle is an opportunity to relieve the mind of its daily chatter and return to the innate mind body connection, only to unveil a deeper openness to the spirit. Physically, it is gently compressing the organs to release our body of toxins and pollutants, while also strengthening the mobility of our spine.
To begin start in standing or Tadasana, step the left foot back 3 ½ to 4 feet back allowing the left toes to come to a 45 degree angle.
Inhale and stretch your hands over head to lengthen the torso and straighten through the front leg keeping a micro bend in the knee.
On an exhale bring the hands to your hips to assist in the squaring of the hips forward by guiding the right hip back and the left hip forward. Focus on the upper inner thighs as you engage both of the thighs towards one another creating a strong foundation through the legs and up through the pelvic floor.
Inhale as your reach both hands forward towards the front of the mat lengthening through the torso as you hinge over the straight right leg.
On an exhale slowly lower the left finger tips towards the outside of the right foot to a block or the floor. Bring the right hand to the sacrum to feel the movement of the hips and reassure that the hips points work towards being parallel with the Earth as you continue to magnetize the top inner thighs towards one another.
Inhale, and stretch the right finger tips towards the sky while continuing to lengthen through the torso. Focus on the twist coming from the upper part of the torso in the thoracic region rather than the pelvis and SI joint area. Continue to hook the navel towards the spine to create length and strength in the low back and core. Activate through the legs and pelvic floor to create a strong foundation and presence to liberate freedom in your torso, as this will promote optimum healthy rotation.
Breath into the pose for 30 seconds to one minute and find a quality of stillness within.
Exhale release the twist and inhale bend through the front leg to assist you back through standing to repeat on the other side.
MODIFICATIONS: using a block to press the lowered palm into is an amazing prop for all levels. Also, narrowing the stance can ensure the back heel stays grounded to create a strong foundation.
As you navigate your way through this pose you can begin to find your way to a still point, where the focus becomes soft and you are fully immersed in the present moment. Simply enjoy each breath as the inhale and exhale pour into one another, drinking deeply the nectar of the now.