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How To Teach Parivrtta Trikonasana | Revolved Triangle Pose

Step 1a
Teach the Sanskrit

Teach your students the sanksrit by breaking it down into bite sized morsals.

Parivrtta
Par-ee-vrit-tah

trikonasana
trih-koh-NAH-sah-nah

Ask your students to learn the Sanskrit by getting them to repeat it as a mantra for 5 minutes.  Another way to remember trih-koh-NAH-sah-nah is that it’s a TRICKY posture to get right.

Step 1b
Teach the meaning

Parivrtta = Turn around, revolve
Trikona = Triangle

Step 2
Teach the etymology

Teach your students the etymology (root of the words)…

  • trikona (त्रिकोण) = triangle
  • asana (आसन) = posture

Step 3
Teach the benefits

Teach your students the benefits…

  • Improves sense of balance
  • Strengthens and stretches legs
  • Stretches hips
  • Stretches spine
  • Relieves back pain
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Opens chest to improve breathing

Step 4
Teach the precautions

  • Lower back problems
  • Don’t look up for too long if you have Cervical Spondylosis
  • Cardiac condition: do not raise your arm
  • Don’t practice if you have neck pain
  • Don’t practice if you have a headache
  • Don’t practice if you have a diarrhoea
  • Don’t practice if you have a low blood pressure
  • Don’t practice if you have psoriasis
  • Don’t practice if you have varicose veins
  • Don’t practice if you have depression

Step 5
Watch A Video

Watching videos of other yoga teachers teaching poses is a great way of picking up new ways of teaching.

Step 6
Teach the steps

Revolved Triangle

How To Teach Revolved Triangle Pose | by George Watts


Step 1)  Stand in Tadasana. Step feet 4 feet apart. Raise arms parallel to floor & reach them out to sides, shoulder blades wide & palms down. Turn left foot in 45 degrees to right and right foot out to the right 90 degrees. Align right heel with left heel. Turn right thigh outward.

Step 2)  Turn torso to right & square hips as much as possible with front edge of your mat. As you bring the left hip around to right, resist head of left thigh bone back & firmly ground left heel.

Step 3)  Turn torso further to right & lean forward over front leg. Reach left hand down, either to the floor (inside or outside the foot) or onto a block positioned against inner right foot. Allow left hip to drop slightly toward floor.

Step 7
Teach the modifications

Knowing a few modifications for each posture you teach is really important.  It will make you a versatile and much more professional yoga teacher.

Chair
If your student is struggling to reach their hand on the floor,  use a chair.

Less Can Be More
Easing off your furthest limit in Trikonasana can make way for a deeper stretch in the pelvis and shoulders.

Long Spine
Focus on keeping your spine long.

Neck Pain
If you have neck pain, don’t look up to the ceiling.

Satya (truthfulness)
Ask your students to tap into their satya (truthfulness) to be aware how far they can venture into the posture.

Space
Maintain space between your ribcage and pelvis on both sides of body.

Tailbone lengthening
Imagine your tailbone lengthening away from your crown.

Yoga Block
If your student is struggling to reach their hand on the floor, use a yoga block.

Steps 8
Teach the variations

If a student isn’t able to do this posture, or if you have advanced students, give them a variation.

  • Bound triangle pose | Baddha trikonasana
  • Bound revolved triangle pose | Baddha parivritta trikonasana
  • Reclining triangle pose | Supta trikonasana
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George Watts

BWY Yoga Teacher at George Watts Yoga
This post was lovingly morphed into reality by BWY yoga teacher, George Watts. If you're looking for a treasure trove of yoga lesson planning goodness, take a quick peek at Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

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