Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivritta Trikonasna)

 

Benefits:

Stretches the spine

increases mobility in the hips and torso

lengthens hamstring muscles

improves balance and concentration

Mike Dennison, owner of City Yoga centre for Ashtanga in Vancouver
Photo: Eoin

Technique:

1 Step back with the left foot the same way as extended triangle pose. 3 1/2 feet apart, right foot 60 degrees forward, right foot 90. Both heels in one line.

2 Inhale and open the arms up to the side

3 Exhale revolve the left hand to the top of the front (right) shin, twist the left ribs around the right thigh, lift the right hand up to the sky

4 Move the left hip back and the right hip forward so the hips are square

5 Keep the spine long by extending the crown of the head away from the tail bone

6 Breathe calmly for five breaths while grazing at the right thumb (drishti)

7 Bring the body to vertical, rotate on the heels to face the opposite side and repeat

8 Enjoy the openings being created

Don't forget:

Calm breathe equals calm mind, so keep the breath loose and fluid.