Twists are like the spring cleaning of yoga poses. The clear out dull energy and bring vitality and freshness. Twisting poses help mobilize the back, free up the spinal muscles and shoulders. On a deeper level, they stimulate and refresh the liver, kidneys and digestive and reproductive organs. In Gem for Women, Geeta Iyengar states, “They are a boon for those suffering from indigestion, acidity, irritation of intestines, diabetes and flatulence..They alleviate disorders of the kidneys, liver, spleen and gall-bladder…..”Try these ways of using the wall to enliven your practice of twists.
Begin and end with a poses to elongate the sides of the trunk evenly and extend the spine. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog) with heels raised up on blocks and at the wall is a great way to extend arms, legs and spine. Press the center of the palm down, lift the root of the thighs upwards and backwards and work heels strongly into the wall. Lift the inner ankles up and meet that with drawing outer ankles in. Trace that action through legs, hips and spine. What happens with inner legs? Do they become taller? Is there space in the pelvic floor? What happens in outer thighs and hips? Can you feel a firmness there?