When you are in the headstand you can do inverted torso twists that ai limited only by your imagination, strength, and balance. You can start wii a twist in a simple headstand and go from there to a twist with one thij. back and the other forward. Simple twists such as these can be done in tl open, but placing yourself near a wall adds to the possibilities. One is position the back of the head about two feet from the wall, come up into 11 headstand, and twist your lower body to the right so that the lateral cd< of the right foot ends up against the wall. From that position you can p . yourself around even more. This brings the left hip closer to the wall ai 1 the right hip further away. The right thigh is hyperextended, the left thi, 1 is flexed about no", and both knees are llexed comfortably. If you are fair flexible you will be stretching the abductors on the lateral aspects of t ? thigh and working directly within the hip joint. Repeat the exercise on t 1 other side. This is an excellent whole-body twist, and you can feel t results from the knees to the neck, although the most twist will be creat ■ 1 in the chest, as expected from the discussion in chapter 7.
Hgure 8.34. You can come into this pose easily from the one shown in fig. 8.33 by swinging one foot forward and the other one back. The asymmetrical stretch of the hamstrings in the flexed thigh is balanced by hyperextension of the opposite thigh and tension in its hip flexors, all of which keep the pelvis stable and the lower back protected.
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