After indulging in comfort foods over the dreary winter months, it’s time to wring out our intestines with some detoxifying twisting poses. For anyone who has dealt with digestive issues, learning yoga twists can become a go-to staple for relief and prevention. Twists are postures that generally involve moving the shoulder to face in an opposing direction to the hips. Twists are great for not only wringing out the internal organs and bringing fresh blood to the intestines, but they are also vital for helping to maintain healthy spinal rotation and mobility, and opening the chest and shoulders. With so much goodness packed into one pose, it’s a pose everyone should try.
*Note: twisting poses are not always safe for pregnant women. Be sure to see a professional before trying any twisting poses if you could be pregnant.
Lying down: lay on your back with your knees bent, and feet flat on the floor. Allow your knees to gently fall to one side, while turning your head in the opposite direction. This will create a light twist through the spine. You can put your arms straight out to the side (in a “t” shape), or use one hand to gently pull your knees down closer to the floor to deepen the stretch. Repeat on the other side.
Sitting: sit on the floor with your legs comfortably crossed. Start twisting your upper body, as if trying to look over one shoulder. Use your hands to gently pull on your knees to help you hold the pose. Try to keep your hips as squared as possible, and only twist as far as your body will allow while your hips stay in place (if you feel either of your Glutes start lifting off the floor, you are out of alignment). Repeat on the other side.