Kick-start 2017 and your metabolism with instructor Adi Amar of YogaToday! Twisting postures improve digestive functioning and support detoxification, in addition to promoting a healthy spine. The opening action that occurs through the chest, shoulders, and back relieves stress so you will leave class feeling calm, clear, and collected. Practice this easy twist as a stand-alone posture, or enjoy more opening throughout the enjoyed full-length class on YogaToday: Detox and Reset. This class also happens to be their first class in a new, four-part series, so if you would like to build your practice, consider taking the entire Renewal Series – a pathway created to ease you back into a healthier routine!
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Wring out the vital organs and stimulate the digestive system. Visualize twists as an opportunity to squeeze and soak your entire being as you create space for fresh energy. As you purify the body with this practice, you will in turn cleanse the lens of the mind making new possibilities more available.
Here is a step-by-step breakdown of Half Lord of the Fish Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana):
STEP 1 – Begin seated in Staff Pose with your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your right knee and cross your right foot over your left leg.
STEP 2 – To come into Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana, pictured below), Lean your weight into your right sitting bone and pull your left leg under, resting your left leg under your buttocks as a seat. If you have tight hips or lower back pain, extend the bottom leg long. Rotate your torso 90 degrees to the right, and set your left elbow on the outside of your right leg.
– Inhale, lengthen the spine. Exhale and twist deeper. If available, take the full pose by moving into the bind. To bind, weave your left arm through your right leg between the thigh and the calf. Wrap your right arm behind your back and reach for the left hand or wrist. Try the below links for more twisting.
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