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Easy Cross Twist is an ideal way to 'arrive on your mat' and wake up your body; combining movement with breath

Easy Pose Twist – Parivrtta Sukhasana

I like slow starts of my yoga practice. Easy Pose Twist – Parivrtta Sukhasana is for me an ideal way to ‘arrive on my mat’ and wake up my body; combining movement with breath. I’m a strong believer in that. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning or evening. After sitting still for hours, writing blogs, editing I need to wake-up my body in the same way as early morning. It’s also a moment of focus. Yoga is about the breath. Your breath is the tool that can take you deeper inside. If I directly start to move, I’m just doing exercise. I want to feel my body, feel my breath first. So when I move, I move with awareness. A few side stretches and twits can do the trick. It doesn’t have to take long, but the difference for me is enormous.

How to do Easy Pose Twist – Parivrtta Sukhasana

  • Sit up straight with your ankles crossed: left on top of the right
  • Inhale, raise your arms toward the ceiling
  • Exhale twist to the right, place your right hand behind you on the floor and bring your left hand on the outside of your right knee
  • Inhale lengthening your spine
  • Exhale twist more to the right
  • On every inhalation keep on lengthening your spine, on every exhalation keep on twisting deeper
  • After 5 till 8 breathing cycles turn forward again. Bring your right ankle on top of the left and repeat the pose at the other side

Benefits of Easy Pose Twist – Parivrtta Sukhasana

  • Increases flexibility of the spine
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Stimulates and tones abdominal organs
  • Boosts energy

Contraindicationsof Easy Pose Twist – Parivrtta Sukhasana

  • Knee injuries
  • Spine injuries

Enjoy, be safe!

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Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long 
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Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati

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