Any bicycle riders out there? Try practicing the Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana) pose for increased cycling performance. At first glance it might look like your regular triangle pose but the body is twisted around so the opposite hand is by the front foot.
You're just adding a twist to your triangle; and everyone knows how spinal twists are incredibly good for you. Rinsing out toxins like a wet towel with each breath.
Benefits of Revolved Triangle Pose
Revolved Triangle pose helps open the chest and activates the spine with the help of the internal and external obliques. It also lengthens and releases any muscle tension in your glutes and hamstrings. This pose is also great for your sense of balance and coordination.
Revolved Triangle Pose Step-by-Step
- Stand with your feet about three feet apart, your right foot pointed forward, your left foot turned out comfortably, about 90 degrees (like in Warrior II but with your legs straight).
- Square your hips to the front of your sticky mat, towards your right leg. Draw your right hip back and left hip forward.
- Bring the left hand to the inside or outside of the right foot as you twist to the right. Your right hand reaches towards the sky and your gaze is to the right fingertips.
- Draw the shoulder blades down your back and radiate out from the heart center through your arms and fingertips. Stay in this position for five deep breaths.
- Inhale as you slowly come back up to standing. Even it out and repeat these steps on the other side.
It's the placement of the lower body (your hips particularly) that matters more than being able to touch the floor with your palm. Remember, flexibility comes with time not force. With that being said, it is very important to do the posture correctly so you don't injure yourself over time.
You can use your right hand on your hip to encourage the hip back and the torso revolve open. Also, make sure to keep that extended right arm from going beyond your shoulder plane.