Pose of the Week: Parivrtta Trikonasana

The pose of the week is Parivrtta Trikonasana. Parivrtta means to turn around or revolve and trikon means triangle. Asana means pose. Therefore, this is called the revolving triangle pose in English.

Image: BKS Iyengar in Parivrtta Trikonasana; Beth kickin-it at Monday night class.

This is a challenging standing pose as it requires the body to move in different directions requiring intense stability. It combines a forward bend with a deep twist, asking significant strength in the legs. In fact, one of the benefits of this pose is strengthening the leg muscles. Actually, the benefits as BKS Iyengar in Light on Yoga states: “The spine and muscles of the back are made to function properly, as the pose increases the blood supply around the lower part of the spinal region. The chest is  expanded fully. The pose relieves pains in the back, invigorates the abdominal organs and strengthen the hip muscles.” When you are practising Parivrtta Trikonasana can you feel and experience these beneficial qualities, and if so, to what degree? And are you able to go deeper and feel the squeezing and massaging of the abdominal organs in the twist? 

One of the therapeutic applications of this asana is said to relieve constipation and aids in improving digestive ‘power’. The gastro-intestinal organs are referred to as the second brain. In fact, we talk about having a ‘gut feeling’ or ‘trusting our gut instinct’ signifying our mind-gut connection. Our brain and gut are connected by an extensive network of neurons and a highway of chemicals and hormones that provide feedback of whether we are hungry or even stressed. This ‘second brain’, as Justin and Erica Sonnenburg discuss in The Good Gut, has a vital role in managing our processes of digestion. Recent evidence indicates not only is our actual brain aware of our gut microbes, but these bacteria can influence our perception of the world and alter our behaviour. Serotonin levels are influenced by our gut. Serotonin is a potent neurotransmitter that regulates feelings of happiness. 

So, maybe it’s the Serotonin that’s making you happy when you come out of Parivrtta Trikonasana…..

See you on the mat:)

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