Yoga Twists to Detox for SpringMay 2, 2013
Now that Spring is finally upon us, it’s time to twist out those cobwebs of Old Man Winter. This will require a chair and humility. Let’s first open our back a little before we start. Go ahead and stand up tall, then soften your knees so there is a slight bend, then creasing at the hips fold over and hang your upper body towards the floor. Let your head go and make sure you can see between your legs. Take 3 deep breaths. When you feel ready slowly roll up one vertebra at a time. Now we are ready for a twist.
You will need a chair with no arm handles so that you can position yourself properly to execute the twist. Sit so that your right shoulder is facing the back of the chair and your right hand on the far side of the back of the chair. Your left hand will be across your body and closer to you. Lengthen your spine from the pelvic floor up through the crown of the head and inhale.
Then as you exhale begin twisting your abdomen first, then your rib cage, shoulders and finally your head. This twist should move up your spine. You don’t want your shoulders twisted if your belly button hasn’t moved yet. Once you have gotten yourself into the pose take a deep breath in and as you exhale twist deeper. Stay there for 3 more breaths. When ready release from the pose slowly.
Staying there turn gently to the left to release the deep back muscles. Now change sides by facing your legs to the other side. You may repeat this if you like.
As you are twisting it’s best to close your eyes and imagine your stress, tension and worries literally getting wrung out. Squeeze out the bad vibes and when you release begin to inhale a new one and feel how your life would be without the stress you’ve been experiencing.
As always let me know how it goes.
Live Simply and Wisely,