Video: Reclined twist
A pose to cleanse the internal organs, release the lower back and calm a busy mind. A twist is known to be a remedy for sluggish digestion, low energy and tension in the body.
Watch Eliza Heywood demonstrate the reclined twist.
Start by lying down on your back with legs extended. Bend knees and rock hips up and down to invite length in the pelvis and spine, draw your right knee into chest, exhale leg across the body, lengthen right arm out and have the right shoulder grounded. Allow the leg and hips muscles to relax and stay for a few breaths.
Last Reviewed: 09/05/2014
Video: Extended puppy pose
Extended puppy pose is a yoga pose that stimulates the abdominal organs and helps improve digestion. Eliza Heywood demonstrates.
Video: Child's pose (Balasana)
Child’s pose gently stretches the shoulders, lower back, hips, legs and ankles. It complements the beginning of a practice and throughout for its grounding abilities.
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Video: Wide-legged forward fold
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