Twist Yoga gently rotates the spine and gives a good stretch to the muscles of the back. This helps to improve the spinal cord’s range of motion. Often we do not engage the supportive soft tissue surrounding the spinal cord and this result in hardening of these tissues, muscle and joints. So slowly the functionality is also lost. Twisting action help by engaging and extending all the muscle groups to their full length keep the spine and associated muscles healthy.
A healthy spine is fundamental for holistic wellness.
Slumping over a computer at the office, slouching behind the steering wheel, sitting in chairs that offer poor back support and standing with our shoulders drooping forward are all things most of us do on a daily basis. All of these habits can lead to back pain. Twists stretch and strengthen the back muscles which can provide serious relief from the back pain caused by everyday life.
Twists are wonderful postures if you deal with stress or anxiety.
These postures will help to open the chest, shoulders and back, all of which can help to decrease feelings of anxiousness. You will be releasing stored tension in the body as you twist, which can have a positive effect on your mental state.
Twisting also improves your digestive function. When you are in a twist, you will be essentially compressing your digestive organs – placing them under weight. This will cause a lack of circulation. When you release your twist there will be a rush or fresh blood that will flood your digestive organs. Fresh blood flow equals fresh oxygen and nutrients. Twisting will increase blood flow to the digestive organs, thus increasing their ability to function. This re-introduction of fresh blood can help to cleanse the cells of any built up waste because with increased circulation comes increased cellular detoxification. You can also help to move stagnated impurities and gas through your digestive tract due to the compression that comes with twisting.