One way to prepare for parivrtta trikonasana (twisting triangle pose) is to do a standing forward bend with one leg forwards and the other back.
Prior to bending forwards, push your hips from side to side. So that you improve control (and awareness) focus on keeping your pelvis facing the front as you move your hips from side to side.
Another exercise is to move your hips backwards and forwards. Moving forwards you front-leg-hip will lift higher than the back-leg-hip. Moving your pelvis backwards the opposite will happen.
Try both of these movements while bent forwards and then while actually twisting.
As you get used to feeling your pelvis, you can then hold it stationary while doing parivrtta trikonasana. You can start with your pelvis level from left to right and square to the front. Then vary its position to change the feel of the pose. You could start with a position that is less intense and then move towards a more intense position.
Another technique is to use the easier position as your starting point and move in and out the more challenging position in sync with your breath.
If using this method, make the movements as smooth as possible (and slow also) so that you breath is slow and smooth.
While holding the parivrtta trikonasana, you can scan your body as follows:
Having a body scan list is being a pilot and having a checklist both to make sure that things go right and so that you do everthing possible to save the plane when things go wrong.
For each of the above items you could "scan" your parivrtta trikonasana in time with your breath. So for example,
Another method, especially when just learning or practicing, is to spend about 3 seconds on each adjustment. Use longer if you need to but do each adjustment and give yourself time to feel the effects, and then move on to the next one.
This can be especially important when setting parivrtta trikonasana up (ready for take-off)
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