Today feels like the perfect time to offer up our third major category of restorative poses. Surprise! Twists! On a physiological level, a good twist can release muscle tension from head to toe (depending on the degree of spinal rotation) and acts as a stimulus package for our internal organs. Twisting poses can also wring emotional tension (anxiety, doubts, fear) out of our bodies and help us handle change.
As Simon Sinek once said, “Without action, we have only words.” So let’s get to the twist!
Restorative Forward Folding Twist
- Line up a bolster lengthwise on your mat.
- Place a block on its lowest setting under the bolster to create a gentle ramp.
- Sit your right hip next to the bottom of the ramp.
- Bend your knees like a mermaid.
- Reach your arms towards the sky to lengthen your torso.
- From the base of your spine, twist your torso to face the bolster.
- Lower yourself onto the bolster.
- Turn your head the same direction as your knees.
- Relax your arms and rest them beside the bolster.
- Stay for 5 minutes.
- To come out of the pose, press your hands into the ground and sit up.
- Flip and repeat on the other side.