Name ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA – HALF LORD OF THE FISH
How to do it
Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you, buttocks supported on a folded blanket or block. Slide your left foot to the outside of your right hip.
With the Exhalation twist toward the right thigh. Press the right hand against the floor just behind your right buttock, and set your left upper arm on the outside of your right thigh at the knee. Pull your torso and right thigh together.
With every inhalation lift a little more through the sternum, twist a little more with every exhalation. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute, repeat to the left for the same length of time.
Benefits – Stimulates the liver and kidneys, energizes the spine, Stimulates the digestive fire in the belly, Relieves menstrual discomfort, fatigue, sciatica, and backache.
Name JATHARA PARIVRITTI – REVOLVED ABDOMEN POSE
How to do it
Lie on your back on the floor with your arms outstretched from your shoulders, like the letter T, palms facing the ceiling.
Lift your hips off the floor and swing them to the left. Take your knees toward your chest and drop them toward the floor on the right side of your body. Inhaling, lengthen your spine. Exhale both shoulders toward the floor. Soften your gaze; quiet your hearing; relax your jaw.
Hold the spinal twist for six complete breaths. Repeat everything to the other side.
How it can help
Good for sluggish digestion, low energy, stifled breathing, and a variety of spinal muscle aches and pains. Improves breathing, eases back and neck tension, and soothes frazzled nerves.