Seated spine twists
Cooling, calming and restorative
Balances the nervous system by activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System response of ‘rest and digest’. This also activates SLUDD (salivation, lacrimation, urination, digestion, defecation)
Rather than actively squeezing, the muscles somewhat relax to slowly release tension and toxins
Spinal column muscles, discs and tissues are lengthened and released gently
Best suited towards the end of a class to neutralise any intense backbends or forward bends
The spine lengthens and moves upwards
Standing spine twists
Engages the core more than seated twists
Bandhas on - core activated - to protect the spine (especially in revolved triangle)
Builds heat in the body
Increases agni for physical and emotional digestion
Activates the Sympathetic Nervous System response of ‘fight and flight’, but teaches the student to remain in the challenging posture and therefore reshape their perception of stressful situations
Actively squeezes out the tension and toxins
Part of the standing series
The spine lengthens and flexes forward (e.g. revolved triangle)
Both seated and standing twists aid digestion and reproduction by stimulating the lower abdominal organs; improve or maintain mobility of the spine; squeezing out waste; stimulating fresh blood delivery to the lower abdominal organs; increase circulation; decrease tension. In both seated and standing twists it is important to ground before twisting and engage the core muscles in order to stabilise the pelvis and support the lumbar spine.
By Alyssa McLeod
Yoga poses - Revolved Triangle Pose. 2016. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.ekhartyoga.com/everything-yoga/yoga-poses/revolved-triangle-pose. [Accessed 06 October 2016].
Yoga twists, the ins and outs – Ekhart Yoga. 2016. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.ekhartyoga.com/blog/yoga-twists-the-ins-and-outs. [Accessed 06 October 2016].