Spine Twisting Pose: Ardha Matsyendrasana

Man doing spinal twisting pose Bikram Yoga PoseWoman doing spinal twisting pose Bikram Yoga PoseEveryone always wants to know why we only do one set of Spine Twisting Pose after doing every other posture twice in the series. The answer is simple – there is no need for a second set of Spine Twisting Posture because the purpose of the posture is to create equilibrium in the spine and the left and right sides of the body where the second set of other postures is generally to go deeper.

Benefits of Spine Twisting Pose

  • Compresses and stretches spine from the bottom to the top
  • Increases hip and back flexibility
  • Improves digestion
  • Firms the buttocks, thighs and abdomen
  • Improves elasticity, flexibility, circulation and nutrition to the spinal nerves, vessels and tissues
  • Relieves lower back pain and helps to prevent slipped discs, rheumatism of the spine, kyphosis, scoliosis, cervical spondylosis and arthritis

Tips for Spine Twisting Pose

  • Make sure to sit so that both buttocks are firmly on the floor
  • Make sure the heel of your foot on the floor is touching the side of your buttock
  • Bend your other knee and put your foot down directly to the outside of your other knee
  • Make sure your hand is between the knee and the ankle and that they are all touching

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