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Revolved yoga poses, aka twists, are a fundamental element of practice and have huge benefits for the body and mind. We spend most of our days charging straight again, or slouched over a desk, so our bodies get stiff and lose range of motion.

Twists gently rotate our muscles, tendons and ligaments, stretching and loosening them to increase flexibility. They also provide healthy compression for our organs, increasing detoxification and stimulating proper function.

Revolved abdomen pose (Jathara Parivartanasana)

If you’re new to revolved poses, this is a gentle place to begin. But it has many benefits. It is an on-your-back floor pose, so you can include it before savasana at the end of your practice. Read this step-by-step guide on how to do it.

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Revolved side angle pose. Photo: Urban Decay Visuals

Revolved side angle pose (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana)

You get such an amazing feeling this posture: a sense of space and clarity. Turning the upper body in one direction and the lower body in the other, causes a wringing effect across the torso, giving a strong, detoxifying massage to your organs and connective tissues. To deepen the rotation of the torso, press elbow against the knee. ⠀

Revolved triangle pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana)

This is a great variation on triangle pose that really flexes the spine and creates great length and energy. To get into it, start in mountain pose (Tadasana) then take a big step back, point your front toes forward and turn your back foot so your toes are pointing towards the corner of your mat. Line up your heels then extend your arms parallel to the mat, stretching in opposite directions. Square your hips then twist your torso right as your left arm comes forward and you send your right arm back. You want to reach your right ankle with your left hand and extend your right hand to the ceiling.