Oh how I have a love hate relationship with twist during yoga class. It’s like I am asked to be pulled in two different directions. North and south only to be asked to squeeze my thighs together. Oh my goodness, I twisted but didn’t shout about how much stronger my body feels. Twist do have multiple components to them that can lead to benefits that will make you feel better and look better. If digestion is an area of concern for you here is some information that will possibly help. When using twists to aide in digestions, the twist should be done on the right side first then the left side. This is important because twisting on the right side allows you to open the ascending colon (moves up the right side of the colon) and twisting on the left you are compressing the descending colon (that travels down the left colon). All of this allows for digestive distress. Breath work during a twist is essential for twist to be done effectively. Start each twist with an inhale, lengthen your spine by extending energy through the crown of your head and exhale find a twist as you rotate. This is essential so that the body has enough space to open on your inhale then there’s enough space to twist as you exhale. Your arms are used as an aide for an extension or balance component not a lever. Remember to engage your core, lengthen through the crown of the head, twist, then use the arm and hand as a kickstand.
Be mindful and not over twist, you may pinch a nerve in your spine. If you feel compression, that’s your clue to back off some.
Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana/ Parivrtta Anjaneyasana Ardha Matsyendrasnana
Revloved Chair Twisting Lunge Seated Spinal Twist
Try one out and let me know what you think. I truly hope that you can find some digestive comfort in one of these poses.