It may feel like our lives are paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the world continues to spin and seasons continue to change. Winter becomes spring! Spring is a time of renewal and cleansing. We use this time to clean our homes and yards, welcoming sunny, warm weather. We ramp up our exercise routines and, maybe even, get a new haircut! In our yoga practice, we also cleanse our internal body by practicing twisting asanas (or revolved asanas). These asanas create flexibility of the spine and rejuvenate the abdominal organs. They bring a peaceful state of mind when the breath is used to support the twisting action.
In the sequence provided, find the stability needed in the hips/legs to support the movement in the trunk and chest. In the twisting asanas, use the inhalation to lift and lengthen the sides of the trunk and the exhalation to deepen the twist and massage the abdominal organs. It’s encouraged to repeat the twisting asanas several times to reduce stiffness and get deeper into the poses. As seen in the sequence, the wall is a helpful prop to support the turning of the torso. Use the hands on the wall to deepen the twist and find stability.
Read through the practice sheet a few times before you begin your practice so that when you begin your practice you can stay focused on your poses and breath, and not glued to your device. Have a good practice!
For menstruating women, do not practice twists across the body (e.g., Parivrrta poses, Marichyasana III, Ardha Matsyendrasana), abdominal poses (e.g., Paripurna or Ardha Navasana), or inversions (e.g., Salamba Sarvangasana, Viparita Karani). You could do open twists instead like Marichyasana I or Bharadvajasana I. Utthita Trikonasana and Utthita Parsvakonasana at the wall are ok too (as shown in sequence). See the blog post about the menstrual cycle sequence for more info.