Spinal Twist

Looking to straighten out your posture and help your food go down easier? Well this is the stretch for you. The spinal twist lengthens and realigns the spine, increases flexibility in the hips and lower back and stimulates the digestive system.

How to do it: Lie on your back and bring both knees in toward your chest. Bring your hands out to your sides and draw your knees up and over to your left side. Keeping your shoulder blades on the ground, rest your knees on top of one another. Take deep breaths the entire time. When changing sides (after holding for 30 seconds), make sure to use your core muscles to bring your legs back to center.

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  1. Please find another image for downward facing dog. The model is making a pretty standard error that folks new to yoga do–sacrificing a long spine from neck through tailbone (which makes for a long line from hands to tailbone) in order to have straight legs and feet flat on the mat. Your instructions are correct in that they point out that there might be a slight bend to the knees, but they don’t explain that this should be done if needed to keep a log spine, and that while the heels *reach* for the mat, they may never get there.

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