This is for those of you who need a good ol’ wring out of the spine. There’s a reason why those full-body stretches and twists feel oh-so-good first the in the morning – it brings you energy by loosening up the body! Get up and get moving by doing a quick yoga flow for twists.
And that’s what we’re working with today. We’re flowing with a 15-minute yoga flow to unwind the spine. Nothing overly crazy here – what are seemingly simple postures with a nice flow, you’ll leave feeling good. As if you feel unwound… in a good way.
So, what’s the deal with twists? Why should you even care? For me, twists are always about moving my spine, boosting up my energy and they simply feel good.
Mobilize Your Spine
It’s important to move the spine in all directions. It can be as simple as moving around when you get up or take a break from work. Nothing crazy is required to keep yourself feeling good.
Clearly today you’re working on the twisting motion, but remember that the spine needs to be moved front, back and side-side in addition to twisting. Keeping the spine feeling good, will keep YOU feeling good.
Boost Your Energy
We all could use more energy, right? Even taking gentle twists help to simply move the body. Stagnant body = stagnant energy. Should I patent that? 😉
Get Into Feeling Good
Are you surprised that this point is here? I’m alllll about feeling good.
One of the best things we can all do is simply focus on what feels good. It can be easy to simply say “do what feels good”, but it truly can be that simple. Continually ask yourself, “how is this posture making me FEEL?”. “Do I feel strong? Do I feel any ‘torquing’ in the body?” Answer truthfully! Scan the whole body and adjust as needed, because there’s NO such thing as universal and ‘perfect’ alignment.
As you’re moving through this flow, and in any twist, be sure to ENGAGE the core. We’re shooting to feel good, not to see how deep we can go. By engaging the core, you’re protecting the low back – because nobody has ever said they wanted back pain, right?
Related: Yoga Poses for Core Strength
As always, move within a pain-free range and enjoy the flow!