Yoga has immense benefits if done correctly. Many people consider yoga poses difficult to do and hence don’t try them. However, not all yoga poses need you to be flexible or make you do serpentine movements. A side-to-side twist yoga asana is one such yoga pose that is so simple and easy to do but comes with tons of benefits.
Health Shots spoke to Divya Rolla, Yoga and Meditation Lead, Cultfit, who rolled out 5 superb benefits of doing this easy yoga pose.
“Side-to-side twists are my personal go-to asanas, and I make it a point to include them in every yoga class I conduct. I rarely do a class which does not incorporate twists in them,” says Rolla.
Rolla told HealthShots, “BKS Iyengar, in his book called ‘Light On Yoga‘, clearly mentions how side-to-side twists are detoxifying and extremely purifying for the body. This happens due to the squeeze and soak action that is performed during the asana movement.”
During the twists, our body’s organs that get involved to do this movement are compressed, which helps in pushing the old blood out from them. Hence, when we release the twist posture before doing the next twist, the fresh blood is allowed to flow into the organs. This simply helps in energizing and stimulating all the organs involved in the movement in the abdominal and pelvic cavity region.
Rolla says, “While twists have all of these wonderful benefits, we should also know when to refrain from doing them. I suggest that one should avoid twists when they have an active spinal injury. Women who are pregnant or who are menstruating should also refrain from the asana.
So learn from a good teacher and twist away!”
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