Last week in the intermediate class we focused on twists: lying, sitting, kneeling and standing. I don’t know why, but I love twists; I just find them very enjoyable. The benefits of twists are outlined in this brief article and include digestive and spinal benefits.
For a longer sequence with more twists check out this twist sequence by Alexandria Crow on the Yoga Journal website, which has a nice variety of twists and is suitable for intermediate students.
There is an informative article on the benefits and different types of twists on the Ekhart yoga website which discusses some of the health claims for twists such as detoxing and ‘wringing out’ our abdominal organs and whether they’re accurate or not. If you’re interested in this you could also read these brief myth buster responses on the anatomy of twists.
Finally, if you like stories and legends, you could read this article which has a legend behind the Lord of the Fish pose (Ardha Matsyendrasa) – it contains the history of humans, a great flood, and the sharing of the knowledge of yoga!