Revolved Triangle - Parivrtta Trikonasana

Revolved Triangle pose can be a challenge for beginners and for people with tight hamstrings. If this is true for you, please be patient as you gain flexibility.

  • Start with your feet 3' to 4' apart.

  • Turn your right toes out 90 degrees so your foot points straight toward the top of your mat. Pivot the toes of the left foot in (up to 45 degrees).

  • As you inhale, lengthen the spine and raise both arms up, parallel to the floor.

  • On your exhale, pivot your torso to the right, bringing your left arm above your right leg and right arm above your left leg.

  • Inhale, lengthening your spine.

  • Revolved Triangle

  • Exhale, lower your left hand to the floor, to the inside or outside of your foot, depending on your flexibility. Raise your right hand up toward the ceiling, palm opened.

  • Posture tip

    If you feel "crunched up" when practicing Revolved Triangle, bring your torso up until it feels better. Then place your hand on your shin bone or use a block (see below).

  • Lengthen your spine and use your arms to press into a gentle twist.

  • Line up your head and neck with your spine and look up at your upper hand. If this feels uncomfortable, let your head be wherever it feels best.

  • Distribute your weight evenly on all four corners of both feet.

  • Engage your thigh and core muscles.

  • Draw your right hip back.

  • Stay here for a few breaths.

  • To come out of the pose, exhale and lower both hands down, next to your front foot.

  • Bring your hands to your hips, inhale and come up.

Using a Block

If it is difficult for you to reach down with your hand, try using a yoga block to allow your lower hand to rest higher. It will keep your torso up and help you reach the desired alignments of this asana. Place the block to the inside of your front foot and rest your hand on it. If you do not have a block, place your hand on your shin bone or your thigh.

Revolved Triangle

Main Target / Benefits
  • Stretches the hamstrings.

  • Works on balance.

  • Strengthens the core muscles.
Caution / Recommendation
  • Keep a micro bend in the knees to protect them.