Yoga Challenge Day 3: Seated Spinal Twist

The visualization used in this pose is incredibly powerful - imagine wringing out the organs and releasing pockets of stagnant energy. Your insides are like a washcloth, as you wring out toxins and waste, and make room for fresh, light-filled energy and oxygen. Once this pose is complete, you will feel a bit taller, a bit fresher, and a bit more flexible.

Variations of this can be done throughout the day, sitting on a chair or in the car, a gentle twist coupled with deep breathing is a tiny little pop of energy that keeps you moving forward, taller and stronger!

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Comment by Merrie on April 14, 2010 at 9:54am
I find myself doing this pose without thinking about ir during the day Thanks for the reminder of breath, spine, and focus!.
Comment by C. Love on April 14, 2010 at 9:49am
I would definitely do the twist in a chair for my students with cancer. That makes it so much more accesible for them. Most of them aren't able to get on the floor right now.
Comment by Lea Reinbolt Cornell on April 14, 2010 at 9:49am
I love the seated spinal twist, and my back is always thankful.
Comment by Jim on April 14, 2010 at 9:12am
one of my favorite asanas. i agree with Lorraine that there should be more emphasis on lengthening the spine while doing this twist
Comment by Karin Tang on April 14, 2010 at 7:54am
This is a great pose for cleansing and nourishing the body as it assists in releasing huge amounts of stored tension. Using the breath helps to deepen the twist, inhaling to elongate the spine and exhaling to twist a little deeper each time.
Comment by Laticha Sotero on April 14, 2010 at 5:58am
This is a lovely twist that I do everyday in my office chair! I start the day by twisting and do this twist in the middle of the day as well. This morning, I did it with you! ;-)
Comment by jes on April 14, 2010 at 5:36am
I agree with Lorraine. Loved the explaination with the second twist.
Comment by Janice Rohwedder on April 14, 2010 at 5:27am
I like the usage of "wringing out the spine". This has been so very helpful. Thank-you.
Comment by lorraine on April 14, 2010 at 4:39am
Love the focus on wringing the spine and organs to release toxins and bring breath. Would like to hear instruction to lengthen the spine prior to twisting.

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