Twists are one of my favorite types of postures. Twists are postures that generally involve moving the shoulders to face in an opposing direction in relation to the hips. There are many different types of twists that can target various areas of the torso. With each having their own unique set of health benefits. This is my top five reasons why you should practice yoga twists and the reason they are one of my favorites!
1. Improves the Digestive System and it’s function.
When you are in a twist, you will be essentially compressing your digestive organs(causing a squeezing effect). This will decrease the circulation(blood flow). Therefore 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. Therefore increasing their functionability. Note always twist from the right side first staying with the natural flow of the digestive system!
As above mentioned , when you twist you will cut off blood supply to your digestive organs, and then re-introduce fresh blood to your abdominal organs when you release your twist. This re-introduction of fresh blood can help to cleanse the cells of any built up waste (toxins) because with increased circulation comes increased cellular detoxification and a flushing effect. It will also help to move stagnated impurities and gas through your digestive tract due to the fflushing effect that comes with twisting.
3. Helps Maintain Normal Spinal Rotation and movement. Keeping a healthy Spine.
The muscles and other tissues that surround the spine can become stiff overtime. This will lead to a decreased range of motion, pain and discomfort that can really affect quality of life. Practicing twisting postures helps to keep the spinal muscles supple and more mobile, helping to keep your back and spine healthy and mobile.
4. Reduces Back Pain
Slouching over a computer at work and home, behind the steering wheel of your car, standing with a poor posture (shoulders hunched forward) are all things most of us do on an everyday basis. These habits can lead to back pain. Secondary to mucsle compensation related to poor skeletal alignment. Twists help stretch and strengthen the back muscles helping with correct skeletal alignment which can provide serious relief from the back pain. All while improving your posture.
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. You will get an added benefit if you combine your twist with slow breathing(pranayama)as well. Secondary to the removal of stagnant air in the lungs increasing the amount good quality air(oxygen) within the lungs. Thus increasing oxygen throughout the body including the brain.
So let’s get out there and start doing some twist.
Always remember safety first lengthen the spine before you rotate. This protects the spine and vertebral disc. Always Listen to your body! It knows best!
Happy practicing Namaste 🙏🏽