Breathing long and slow and deep in the Reclining Twist is wonderfully therapeutic. Unwinding afterwards, you feel rinsed, relaxed and refreshed.
step by step
Feel free to stay as long as you like in the pose. Just make sure that you balance each twist to the right with a twist to the left
Keep the thighs at a 90 degree angle to the torso or less
Allow the chest to open an expand as the shoulder comes back down towards the floor
Keep the face and neck relaxed
You can try drawing the heels together in the pose to stretch the outside of your top thigh
Release of physical, mental and emotional tension
Lengthens, relaxes and realigns the spine
Stretches the muscles of the back and buttocks
Massages your back and hips
Works your abdominal muscles, as you lower your legs to the floor
Massages abdominal organs, stimulating the digestive system
Neutralizes your spine between backbends and forward folds
watch out for
Listen to the body and respect what it's telling you. Be ready to ease up or come out of a pose at any time if you need to. Different bodies respond differently to different poses.
Take special care in a Supine Twist if you have...
Back pain, back injuries, degenerative disk disease
Recent or chronic injury to your knees or hips
If the pose seems too intense, place a block, folded blanket, towel or pillow under your legs for support. Work things so you have a comfortable challenge that feels just right to your body, on any given day.