With many directions of movements to achieve this position, the Revolved Triangle Pose is a challenging stretch upon a large amount of muscles and facia across the whole body. Even with three points of contact on the floor (both feet and one hand), and a wide base of support, this pose requires a considerable amount of balance and with your core muscles working hard to maintain a stable position. The Revolved Triangle Pose is, in my opinion, the best position to engage and stretch a specific fascial line not mentioned in previous articles. The Spiral Line has two branches (Right + Left side), and is the most complex of fascial lines. Originating at the right and left side of the skull, each branch sweeps down across the opposite shoulder, around each side of the ribcage. The lines then cross over at the navel and travel down each hip down the iliiotibial band leading straight into the tibialis anterior of each leg. It then runs under foot holding the arch of each foot in a sling, up the outside of each leg running into the hamstrings, and up either side of the spine inserting into the base of the skull on the same side each line started. This is a highly complex line of fascia that comprises a huge amount of muscles, ligaments, tendons and adjoining connective tissue. To achieve a stretch of both Spiral Lines of the body, the Revolved Triangle pose must be performed in both directions.
Good neck rotation must be achieved to enable looking up at the outstretched vertical arm.
• THORACIC SPINE
The planted hand will create a fixed point to allow a very good rotational stretch in the mid torso to occur. Controlling the breathing will be vital to achieving a good stretch at this level.
• BACK LEG
By keeping the knee straight and the heel grounded this will help lengthen the gastrocnemius, which is the higher bulkier portion of the calf just below the back of the knee.
• FRONT LEG
The The hamstrings and iliotibial band will be put onto a good stretch and will encourage lengthening through a sustained stretch in this pose.