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Asana Analysis

Published on September 12th, 2013 | by Catherine Tingey

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TWISTING TRIANGLE (Parivrtta Trikonasana)

TWISTING TRIANGLE

Twists are an important component of a yoga practice. Standing Twists such as TWISTING TRIANGLE and TWISTING SIDE ANGLE improve balance, stimulate digestion and massage the inner organs.

Twists also have a wonderfully detoxifying and cleansing effect by gently wringing out the body through the core.

BENEFITS OF TWISTING TRIANGLE:DSC01295 (2)

  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Improves  balance
  • Strengthens and stretches the legs
  • Stretches the hips and spine
  • Opens the chest to facilitate breathing
  • Relieves mild back pain and sciatica

ALIGNMENT

In MOUNTAIN POSE, step the feet 3-4′ apart and angle the RIGHT FOOT 45 to 60 degrees, the LEFT LEG pointing North*.

Set up the feet in HEEL TO ARCH alignment. I recommend starting with a narrow stance for beginners to maintain balance.

Square the hips in front of the LEFT KNEE and the LEFT knee tracks over the LEFT SECOND TOE.

Extend both arms in front, parallel to the ground, palms facing one another.

Reach through the fingertips, extending the RIGHT ARM more.

Drop the RIGHT PALM underneath the RIGHT SHOULDER, setting the RIGHT PALM on the OUTSIDE of the LEFT  FOOT**.
Extend the LEFT ARM to the sky and gaze up at the THUMB.

WORK IN THE POSE

Reach through the crown of the head and open the chest.

Try to keep the hip points square over the front knee.

Draw the LEFT THIGH BONE back.

Keep the head/neck in line with the spine.

BEGINNER MODIFICATIONS

* Start with a stance roughly half as long as TRIANGLE POSE

**Place the RIGHT PALM on the inside of the LEFT FOOT (the instep) instead of the outside. This will make balancing on a single axis much easier.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.



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