The sage twist

The easy chair twist and the easy sitting twist we cover in the preceding sections are the simplest yogic twists. By changing the position of your legs, you can alter the level of difficulty and also enhance the overall benefit. The sage twist does just that to give you extra rewards for your investment.

1. Sit on the floor with both legs extended forward; bend your right knee and place your right foot on the floor just inside your left thigh, with your toes facing forward.

2. Place your right hand, palm down, on the floor behind you; wrap the palm of your left hand around the side of your right knee.

3. As you inhale, extend or lift your spine upward.

4. As you exhale, twist your torso and head to the right as shown in Figure 12-3.

Figure 12-3:

Beginners can enjoy benefits from this sage twist variation.

Figure 12-3:

Beginners can enjoy benefits from this sage twist variation.

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4, gradually twisting farther with each exhalation, for 3 breaths (don't force it) and then hold the twist for 6 to 8 breaths.

6. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 on the opposite side.

If you have difficulty sitting upright in this seated twist, sit on blankets or pillows until your hips are even with your knees.

This posture is a variation of the classic posture called maricyasana. The Sanskrit word marici (pronounced mah-ree-chee) means "ray of light" and is the name of an ancient sage.

Twisting While Reclining

The twists in the preceding section all require you to sit upright, but the remaining exercises in this chapter call for you to lie down — with a (literal) twist. In the twists described in this section, you harvest all kinds of benefits, including a delicious feeling of release in your spine.

Lessons In Gnagi Yoga

Lessons In Gnagi Yoga

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