#28daysofyin Day 29 : How about Twisted Roots?
#28daysofyin Twisted Roots. I just finished a hot sweaty vinyasa practice and this is such a nice way to finish. Take 2.5 mins per side, or if you're having a lazy Sunday, maybe 5 mins per side. Twists are really balancing for the body, especially the nervous system, which is why you often find them at the end of a practice. I've shown two options above, Twisted Roots and a modification. Start lying on your back. For Twisted Roots, the legs are wrapped like in Eagle Pose (Garudasana) - right leg lifts up over the left thigh, right toes wrap under the left calf - then knees drop to the left. To modify, draw the right knee up into the chest, then roll to the left side. Play around with lifting your hips and scooting them to the right and left to see how that affects the stretch. You can also experiment with taking your knees higher towards your chest, or lower, away from the chest. Typically, high knees = upper back, low knees = lower back. Experiment with where you place your arms (overhead, out to the side, resting your left hand on your right knee etc). Experiment with turning your head right and left, or looking straight ahead. How does that affect the pose? Don't worry if your shoulder lifts off the floor; if it's bothering you pop a pillow under your knees so they don't go to the floor. Slowly roll back to centre when you're done, and prepare for the second side. Twisting the spine stimulates the Urinary Bladder meridians, the nadis (body's energy channels), compresses the internal organs and gives everything a nice massage. Be sure to relax here and let gravity do the work. We're looking to release tension in the spine, so be sure to work a calm, deep breath. #yin #yinyoga #yoga #twistedroots #yogaforallnewcastle #onzie #manduka #twist