The crisis of COVID-19 has altered all of our lives. It’s time to re-direct and configure a new path of action. One with a new awareness that helps us move forward and acknowledges changes are needed. The same could be said of our latest national reckoning regarding systemic inequities in our society. As we honestly investigate the problems can we create a better future?
An asana practice dedicated to twisting and growing tall, cleansing while culturing mental calmness can be one way we all commit to necessary changes. When practicing yoga we always need to find stability to begin a pose, determination to develop the pose, and again re-stabilize any progress we have made. We try to begin from a solid base, explore potentialities we haven’t tapped into, and settle again into a pensive mind.
This practice has twisting poses from several categories. Each set will begin with a few poses that novice practitioners can practice, and a few more difficult poses will also be in each group. If you are editing the practice sheet because of limitations you have, be sure to do at least the first two of each section a few times, to preserve the efficacy of the sequence experience.
Every time a twisting pose is practiced we assign an unusual role to exhalations. Generally, exhalations are a release and a sort of relaxation. In twisting poses we use deep and at times forceful exhalations to deepen the spinal/trunk turning and the squeezing of the abdominal organs. Use the inhalations to create length, height and space, and the exhalations to further the turning and abdominal compressions.