Twisting triangle pose

Parivrtta Trikonasana

Twisted Triangle Pose is a standing, deep-twisting yoga pose that stretches the whole body. It squeezes and massages your digestive organs, while challenging your balance and concentration. It is sometimes used as a counter-pose to Extended Triangle (Utthita Trikonasana), and is also a good preparatory pose for deeper seated twists, such as Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matseyndrasana).

Benefits of Twisted Triangle

Parivrtta Trikonasana provides all of the benefits of Utthita Trikonasana, including:

  1. Stretched hamstrings, groins, and hips
  2. Opened chest and shoulders
  3. Relief from lower back pain, stress, and sluggish digestion
  4. Strengthened thigh, hip, and back muscles
  5. Improved balance and stability, both mentally and physically
  6. Increased body confidence, courage, and poise


Do not practice Twisted Triangle if you have low blood pressure or are experiencing insomnia, migraines, headaches, or diarrhea. Women who are pregnant should also avoid this pose. Those with neck injuries should not turn their heads to face the top hand (in Step 8), but should continue looking straight ahead. Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.

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