5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD PRACTICE YOGA TWISTS
1. Organ Cleansing
Twists compress the internal organs and glands of the torso, forcing out metabolic-waste. When the pressure is released, fresh blood rich with oxygen flows back into the organs, with a cleansing effect. For cocktail drinkers, this can be particularly valuable when it comes to the hardworking kidneys and liver. Twists can also help diminish constipation by putting pressure on the descending colon.
When you twist you will cut off blood supply to your digestive organs, and then re-introduce fresh blood to your abdominal organs when you release your twist. This re-introduction of fresh blood can help to cleanse the cells of any built up waste because with increased circulation comes increased cellular detoxification. You can also help to move stagnated impurities and gas through your digestive tract due to the compression that comes with twisting.
3. Maintain Normal Spinal Rotation
Practicing twisting postures helps to keep the spinal muscles mobile, helping to keep you free as well. The muscles and other tissues that surround the spine can become stiff overtime. This will lead to a decreased range of motion, pain and discomfort that can really affect quality of life.
4. Reduction In Back Pain
The lower back region bears a considerable amount of weight when you are standing or sitting throughout the day. This puts pressure on the lower vertebrae, restricting circulation to the area. Yoga twists can reverse the daily damage to your lower back by restoring circulation, increasing flexibility and correcting posture. These positions rejuvenate the spinal column and improve range of motion.
They will help to open the chest, shoulders and back, all of which can help to decrease feelings of anxiousness. You will be releasing stored tension in the body as you twist, which can have a positive effect on your mental state. You will get double the benefit if you combine your twist with slow, rhythmic breathing as well.
TIPS TO MAXIMIZE TWISTS
You'll get the most out of your twisting yoga poses by doing them properly. Oftentimes, you shift your hips rather than truly twist your spine, minimizing the positive effects of the poses.
Next time you encounter a twisting yoga pose, focus on the following techniques:
Lengthen your spine: Before twisting, think about reaching through the crown of your head and down through your tailbone. When you're long, you're actually twisting your spine rather than crunching your trunk.
Exhale as you twist: Twisting compresses your mid-section and inevitably makes expanding your lungs and diaphragm more challenging. Work with this natural aspect of the pose by exhaling as you move into them.
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