Yoga with Melisssa 133 Beginners Yoga: Twists

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Twists


Namaste-Yoga-Episode-133This week we are working with twists. Twists are beneficial for releasing tension both physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Twists increase the spinal flexibility and thus are often used as preparatory poses for backbends and other yoga postures. Twists are stimulating and are known to create heat or fire in your body and thus stimulate digestion and relieve constipation. They are also incredibly beneficial for your internal organs, massaging them bringing fresh, oxygen-rich blood to them as well as squeezing and remove excess toxins. Our focus in today’s class will be to not get “a head” of ourselves. Focus on keeping your head in line with the rest of your spine and body. Your neck is far more flexible than the rest of your spine, so a great deal of focus is required to move evenly through your whole spine. This, as it turns out is a metaphor for life that we will explore through the whole class. Props needed 1 block, blanket, bolster. Thank you for leaving your comments on Youtube and Rating us on Itunes. Thank you for making us Canada’s Most Popular Free One Hour Online Yoga Show!

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Props Needed: 1 block, blanket, bolster.

Yoga Postures/Asanas: counter rotation series, Keyhole leg twist, Knee Down Twist or Supta Matsyendrasana, Revolved Lunge Pose or Parivrtta Anjaneyasana, thread the needle, Zig Zag Twist or Bharadvajasana, Standing Twist, Revolved Chair Pose or Parivrtta Utkatasana, Revolved Wide legged Standing Forward fold or Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana, Sphinx Pose or Salamba Bhujangasana, easy pose twist or parivrtta sukhasana,marichyasana or Marichi’s Twist, matsyendrasana or Half Lord of the Fishes Twist, Savasana or Corpse Pose

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Today’s question to answer in the comments is: Where are you getting ahead of yourself in your life? How can you come back into alignment with your body?

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