Twists – or revolved poses – in yoga are challenging on many levels. Requiring and understanding of the basic pose, they entice us to explore balance, integrate poles of consciousness or halves of the brain, wring out the viscera and cleanse the body. Perfect for Spring!
Twists will be included in all our upcoming classes (YogaNow, and coming soon! Ripple Effect… stay tuned 🙂
Try this sequence at home. It starts with a front facing pose – meaning your hips are parallel to the short edge of your mat. I find – after first departing from this dictum of my teacher’s finding my way back to it through my own experience – that grouping poses that emphasize internal rotation in both legs at once (like front facing poses) and those that require dynamic inner & outer spiraling of the legs (like side facing poses, facing the long edge of the mat) helps to stabilize the sacrum.
With this in mind, start with Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I), then after at least five breaths, bring the arm that’s on the same side as the bent knee to waist, elongate the side bodies and twist the still raised opposite arm and side body until that side of the belly is against the inside of the opposite thigh, and fold the hands in prayer position – Revolved Side Angle Pose, or Parivrtta Parsvokonasana.
After at least five more breaths, extend the arms up and down and straighten the forward leg for Revolved Triangle, or Parivrtta Trikonasana.
Come back to center with straight legs and still in a forward bend for head to knee pose. If you want, move through Warrior III for a final balance challege, or simply move bring the legs together for Forward bend. Luxuriate in the release for at least five breaths, and slowly rise to Tadasana before completing the series on the opposite side.
Pictures to follow! Let me know how this sequence works for you… And see you on the mat!
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