While most people spring clean their homes, it’s time for yogis to spring clean their digestive system, to build steadiness and to make space for anything new that is coming their way.
Twists are like wringing out a dirty rag. They massage and stimulate the digestive system and the organs. This has a detoxifying effect, but yoga twists also feels grounding, energizing and allow us to focus inwards to release what is no longer serving us.
So put your twist on and get ready for a new wave of energy and freshness coming your way!
Starting in Downward Facing Dog, bring your right foot forward in between your hands, staying on the back toes. Inhale, come up into Crescent Lunge and bring your hands in prayer in front of your heart. Exhale, twist to the right and lean your left arm on your right leg. Use your abdominal muscles to twist deeper and press into your hands to make more space. Breathe here and slide your left arm to hook your tricep on the outside of your leg. Stay for a few breaths, unwind in Crescent Lunge and repeat on the second side.
From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot forward and spin your back foot at 45 degrees. Inhale lift up, straighten both legs and bring your arms in a “T”, keeping your hips square. Exhale, twist from your navel and place your left hand inside of your right foot, on the ground or on a block. Reach your right hand up and keep your spine long. Stay here for 5 breaths, unwind, come back to Downward Facing Dog and repeat on the other side.
Sit with your legs in front of you. Bend your right knee to bring your foot next to your left hip ad bring your left foot outside of your right knee. Inhale and get tall. On your exhale, wrap your right arm around your left knee and interlace your hands. You can also put your left hand behind you and hook your right tricep on the outside of your left knee for a deeper twist. Stay here for 5 breaths. Unwind and repeat on the second side.
Standing at the top of your mat, turn your feet to the left and step your left foot wide appart. Inhale and lengthen your back and on your exhale, fold forward from your hips. Bring your left hand on the floor directly under your chest and bring your right hand to your right hip. On an exhale, bring your right hand up towards the sky, keeping your hips level. Unwind and repeat on the second side, bringing your right hand on the floor and left arm up.
With knees and feet together, squat down on the ball of your feet. Twist to the right, hooking your left triceps outside of your right thigh. Place your hands on the ground at shoulder-distance, press into your fingers and start bending your elbows and leaning forward. Keep your energy forward and not down and your feet will lift off the ground.
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