This is our beautiful Drishti ambassador (and local Santa Barbara yoga teacher) Julie Nail modeling this challenging, yet rewarding yoga pose: Revolved Triangle, or Pavritta Trikonasana.
We at Drishti love this pose not for its pleasing aesthetic (let's be real, we don't all look as at ease as Julie does here when practicing Revolved Triangle), but for precisely its challenges and rewards. Let's take a more in-depth look with Drishti's 5 tips on practicing Revolved Triangle Pose!
Drishti's 5 Tips for Revolved Triangle Pose!
Hint-hint... almost all of these tips can actually be applied to ANY yoga pose. ;)
1. Don't force anything.
This is a universal tip for practicing any yoga pose, but it's so important, it bears repeating! There's a lot going on in this shape - leg work, core work, and a twist for the spine, to name a few. This makes it extra important to practice this shape at YOUR perfect edge. Let yourself feel a little awkward and unpretty. (Again, Julie is maybe not the best model for this. Hehh. Then again, she's been doing yoga since she was a teenager.) Trust us - the awkwardness is where the magic happens!
2. Start with your base.
Another universal yoga pose tip that is super relevant to Revolved Triangle!
Set up your base first: your feet, knees, and hips. Here, you'll notice that Julie doesn't use the classical "heel-to-heel" alignment for her feet. Rather, her feet are about hip distance apart. This is a good thing! Having your heels hip or pelvis distance apart is a cue that works well for anybody, but especially we ladies who have a naturally wider pelvis than the menfolk do. Now, keep a microbend in your knees to avoid hyperextension. Got it? Cool. :) Onto the hips! Often students think that they must keep their hips perfectly still, but many yoga teachers have dropped this cue in favor of letting the pelvis rotate a bit in each shape. After all, your pelvis is attached to your spine! It's totally your call, but personally, we feel a little less tweaky when we practice this way.
*Note: We who teach yoga at Drishti (and there are many of us!) tend to eschew classical alignment cues in favor of a biomechanically updated, pain-science informed approach. We want you to feel good and sustainable in your body: and isn't that what yoga is all about?
3. Do the twist.
Draw your lower abdominals in slightly as you rotate any amount (even the tiniest amount!) from the center of your chest towards your front leg. For most of us, this is a challenge. Our thoracic spine, or mid-back, tends to feel quite stiff and tight most days. Tense shoulders, anyone? Therefore, this next cue should be extra-helpful...
Of course! Long, even inhales and full, complete exhales, in and out through your nose. Especially see if you can feel for your ribcage to expand on each inhale, and contract with each exhale. That means you're getting more movement in that part of your body. And more movement is good!
5. Use Props!
Julie is unpropped here. But we at Drishti have zero, and I do mean ZERO, shame about using props. In fact, we might even feel a little bit superior for our excessive reliance upon them. But don't tell anyone! Placing a block underneath your bottom hand, with the block either inside or outside the leg, is just good common sense. And if you don't have one, hey - you can grab a handy Drishti yoga block here!