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TWISTING on a Rainy Day

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TWISTING on a Rainy Day

Its now peaking winter in Sydney and with the cold of winter comes tightness of muscles and general flow in the body’s movements. Its a hard time for those that suffer from respiratory issues and any other chronic diseases. I see this in my class rooms and can’t stress enough that we must pay attention to our breath capacity and work with it, and support the body to open and breath mindfully. This doesn’t mean we need to breathe extra, it just means to breathe to fullfil your lung capacity. 

A mindful breath can shift a lot of things in the psychology, physiology and biology reports logged in our energy body. For example, on a winter day like today, if your breath is already a little shallower than usual due to the tightness in the body and stooping posture, what other events might take place that increase your stress levels will only exacerbate the tightness and tension in your psycho-mento-physical bodies. This will result in a struggle-some day and tiredness throughout the day. Now its not possible to mindfully breathe every second of the day, however by just taking short intervals for a few mins during the day and tracking your breath capacity will allow the body to keep reporting to your brain where you’re at inwardly. This will result in helping the nervous system out and also cultivate a sense of calm approaches throughout your day.

Practice a few spinal twists that help open your chest and lengthen your torso! like the one I am in here (Ardha Matsyendrasana) Half seated twist with legs crossed normally Or legs in Gomukhasana (knee pile pose) (which would also help release tension in the lower back and abductors). 

Ardha Matsyendrasana
Half Lord of the fish pose with legs in knee pile


If you are thinking “but I am at work and it will make me look silly” then do the twist on your chair. But don’t rush through it. Take a few fulfilling breaths broadening the chest when turned to one side and do the same amount on the other side. Remember you are not meant to pull or push, you are to maintain a feeling of ease for the duration of the upper body twist. Best to pull naval in while in the pose, so breathing is localised through the ribcage. YUMMY!!! 🙂 


Other benefits of TWISTS include:
  • Increases the elasticity of the spine, tones the spinal nerves and improves the functioning of the spinal cord.
  • Relieves back pain and stiffness from between the vertebrae.
  • Useful for slipped disc.
  • Relieves tension that may have built up in the back from forward and back bending 
  • Opens the chest and increases the oxygen supply to the lungs.
  • Loosens the hip joints, relieving stiffness.
  • Releases tension in the arms, shoulders, upper back and neck.
  • Increases purification of the blood as well as the internal organs.
  • Improves round shoulders.

But they are awesome to include in your daily routine because they feel good to the spine. 


Wishing you a wonderful wintry Friday ahead!
Namaste,
SR 

Ps. Our new timetable is up! Check into a restorative yoga class tonight in Harris Park. We have a guest teacher teaching. Book via the website / text.
0469906223 / www.sevayoga.com.au 

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