Easy Spinal Twist Yoga Pose
Benefits of practicing Easy Spinal Twist Pose include increased blood circulation of the spine, which is very vascular. The rotation of the spine stretches and strengthens the intrinsic muscles of the spinal column while improving lubrication of the spinal-rib joints of the back & sternal-rib articulations at the front of the body. The internal organs are massaged; the lungs, small and large intestine squeezed during rotation, helping to clean out stagnant air and in the intestines waste matter. The abdominal muscles are stretched and strengthened. Regular practice of easy spinal twist reduces occurrence of vertebral bone spurs, and encourages spur break down. Easy spinal twist releases tension along the entire vertebral column. Mobilization of the ribs and spine with a combination of rotation and deep breathing makes for easier, deeper breathing as well, reduces muscle “kinks” in the lower back and side muscles during bending in all directions. Digestion is improved, elimination of waste through lungs, intestines, kidney and bladder. Stagnation of blood in liver is released. This pose helps reduce issues with tension headaches and reduces body stress from long periods of time in a seated position. Driver’s safety is improved as after practicing Easy Spinal Twist Pose ease of rotation to observe blind spots is enhanced. Easy Spinal Twist Pose improves energy, relaxation without dullness and immediately brings about a sense of well-being.
Try Easy Spinal Twist Pose seated on a chair or seated on a mat or rug. Use a Yoga block or blanket to support if needed to comfortably keep the hips level and grounded. Level hips that are grounded keep the weight in the strong large hip bones and prevent rolling back one’s weight on to the wrist. Sit tall. During exhalation use the abdominal muscle to rotate deeper into the pose. Do not strain or lead with the neck or shoulders. Neck and shoulders follow the power and lead on the side, which abdominal and spinal muscles are contracting. Breath 3-6 breaths while holding the pose for a set of 3-6 times each side. Practice 3-6 days a week; take note of your rotational improvements, as well as the quality and comfort in breathing. The hand can resist the knee for better leverage while on the mat, or for those seated on a chair the back rest can be held & used to help depend the pose. Be sure to use primarily the abdominal muscles to rotate. Easy Spinal Twist can be done while seated in your vehicle before driving short or long distances.
Enjoy the benefits of your practice. Namaste.