Yoga House – Twists details

Curious about what will be covered in the upcoming workshops at The Yoga House ? Please read on. Remember that these workshops are open to ALL LEVELS so don’t be shy 🙂

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions via email jotiyoga@gmail.com or on facebook : www.facebook.com/jotipoirieryoga

Bookings must be made directly with The Yoga House by calling +91 22 6554 5001

Please be advised  to eat lightly and allow at least 2 hours for digestion before practicing and to drink plenty of water after the workshop.

Each class will end with a pranayama (control of the breath) practice and a short meditation. Coming from the Ashtanga tradition I will offer many adjustments to those who wish to help deepen certain postures safely.

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We will begin our series of 4 workshops next saturday by exploring twisting postures and their detoxifying benefits. Twists rotate the spine and help to stretch the muscles of the back, aiding digestion, relieving back pain, and detoxing the body by reintroducing fresh blood to organs.

Having a regular twisting practice by lengthening the spine and creating space between the vertebrae allows energy to flow better. Twists also allow better movement in and around our organs. Through deep breathing (which will we cover), we create a massaging motion on organs such as the liver, the kidneys and the digestive system. When releasing twists, new blood is sent directly to those organs, allowing them to function better.

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Important notes for your practice : the basic guideline in practicing twists is to use the inhale to lenghten the spine and make the back as straight as possible, rolling the shoulders back. On the exhale, while compressing the stomach gently deepen the twist without force. You want to envision twisting from the belly button and NOT by pushing your shoulders back or by straining the neck to turn back. The twist must be initiated from the lower spine. It may seem as though breathing is constricted during a twist, but by slowing down and deepening the breath you will feel the effect of the asana.

* Warning : due to the fact that this is an intensive twisting workshop :
– Pregnant women should not attend (twists can be modified in a prenatal class but a whole 2 hours of twisting is not recommended).
– Anyone with chronic digestive issues, spinal disk injury or sacroiliac joint issues should also not attend.

*** Coming up next week, a detailed description of what we will cover during our second workshop on arm balances 🙂

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