Parivrtta Trikonasana is a wonderful pose to begin a standing practice. It helps open and prepare many parts of the body for the rest of the practice. In Parivrtta Trikonasana, or Revolved Triangle Pose, we are opening up the calfs, hamstrings, hips, and shoulders; while we are also preparing the stabilizers in the feet, waking up the core, preparing the arms, and waking up the neck for more intense poses later in the flow – much like in Utthita Trikonasana. However we are also adding a twist to the pose giving it one more layer and challenging ourselves to be a little more grounded in the pose itself.
How to Practice
There are multiple ways to enter into Parivrtta Trikonasana. From an Ashtanga stand point, we begin with an inhale and stepping our right leg out to the back of our mats. Turn the right foot out to be perpendicular with the back wall, and the left foot to be parella with the front wall. Bring the right hand to the right hip, and inhale the left hand up. Twisting the body, exhale reaching forward with the left hand to land on either a block or the earth inside or outside of the right foot. If it is more comfortable, without compromising the integrity of the spine or hips, the hand can be bound on the shin, ankle, or foot as well. The left hip will drop towards the earth while the right hip will be skyward and squared towards left of the room. Stay in the pose for five breaths, then inhale coming all the way back up. Turn the left foot out and the right foot in and repeat on the left side.
Coming from Utthita Trikonasana, at the end of your last exhale, bring the left hand down the meet the right then inhale the right hand up. Adjusting the stance of the feet if needed.
Parivrtta Trikonasana helps prepare the body for more complicated twists further in the flow without needing much in the way of prep or counter posing such as in a complex flow. For quick practices it is a great standing pose to always include for what it opens without too much strain on the body. Further for more complex flows, it is a helpful pose to begin with as it a preparatory pose for almost any advanced pose.
From an Ashtanga stand point, once Parivrtta Trikonasana is practice there would be an exhale to return to Tadasana, which works great as a counter. However in other practices, one can also use Ado Mukha Savanasa, Uttanasana, Surya Namaskara A, Supta Baddha Konasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, or Marichyasana; but before practicing anything more complex than Tadasana or Ado Mukha Savasana be sure that you have properly prepared for the other poses.