Twists And Abdominals – Weekly Advanced Class 19

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Focus

Twists and abdominal poses often get overlooked when putting together a practice sequence. These poses are the main focus of this class. Twists have traditionally been seen as purifying poses. From a yoga perspective they are thought to assist the health of the abdominal organs. The “wringing” action that comes with these poses is thought to penetrate in a cleansing way deep into the body. Twists are also great for releasing stiffness in the back. They can help to improve the mobility and overall functioning of the spine.

From twists, this class then focusses on abdominal strengthening poses. Improving your abdominal strength can help to improve your overall posture and balance. This might assist the development of other areas of your yoga practice. Having stronger abdominal muscles can also help to give your spine more support. This class will look at ways of modifying the abdominal pose Paripurna Navasana. This will be especially helpful for anyone working with a sore back or tight hamstrings.

Key Poses

Bharadvajasana, Marichyasana III, Urdhva Prasarita Padasana, Paripurna Navasana

Equipment

Mat, chair, 2 blankets, 2 blocks, belt

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