Even though I've been practicing yoga for almost three decades, I still find myself drawn back again and again to the "simple" poses. I've played with more advanced postures, but beginner-friendly, foundational postures and practices seem to offer the greatest long-term benefits with the lowest risk. Without supernatural strength or flexibility, we can mobilize and lubricate our joints, improve our posture and balance, stimulate digestion, boost energy, soothe the nervous system, and create mental focus and clarity, at any age or stage of life.
A gentle twist is the yoga equivalent of hitting the reset button on our postural habits, releasing patterns of myofascial tension around the torso, and encouraging the inter vertebral disks between the bones of the spine to plump up by imbibing fluid from surrounding tissues. Twists can also stimulate circulation to our abdominal organs, which is beneficial to our digestion, and thereby our vitality.
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