Bharadvajasana – Bharadvaja’s Twist

Outline: This tutorial introduces the twisting pose Bharadvajasana. This is a great pose for exploring the basic principles of all the twisting yoga poses. You will learn how to set yourself up with a stable foundation and then apply techniques which help to create space in the spine as you turn. The alignment of the body in this pose is more complicated than its companion simple cross leg twist. This tutorial systematically breaks down where your feet need to be, what angle your hips need to be, and the role of the arms in steering the pose. The twisting poses can be inwardly penetrating in their effect and are traditionally considered to be helpful for the abdominal organs.

Benefits: Improved spine, knee, shoulder and neck flexibility. Helpful for abdominal organs and digestion.

Equipment: Mat, 2 blankets, block

Level: Beginner

Duration: 10 min

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