Reclining Single Leg Twist: How-to, Tips, Benefits

Reclining Single Leg Twist Pose

This pose gives a good release for the lower back, and is a great opener for the muscles around your ribs. For endurance athletes, the second can have a huge impact. You'll be able to breathe more deeply, and use up less energy than when you're fighting against tight muscles to expand your ribs.

How-to: Lie down on your back, arms and legs straight. Lift one knee into your chest. Hold either the knee or outside of your foot with your opposite hand, and roll the knee across your body to the floor.  Reach your opposite arm out perpendicular to your body.

Tips: If the backs of your legs are tight, keep your knee bent close to your chest, holding the outside of that foot, or resting your forearm across the knee to provide some weight. Breathe deeply, allowing your body to lift with each breath in, and relax deeper into the twist with each breath out.

Benefits: Releases muscles along the spine and ribs.

Michael Taylor

Co-Founder Of Strala Yoga & Tai Chi Expert
Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard and complementary medicine at Oxford. Mike has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years. In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. His record established the strength of finding your own way in your own body rather than copying the techniques of other people’s traditions. As he got older, Mike continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the United States and England, he left his health care roots for a little while. As the first internet boom was getting started, he joined the startup team of one company, then founded a couple more. Now through Strala, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, enable their lives, and become their own best caregivers.Mike has climbed some of the world’s largest mountains in Alaska, the Alps, and the Himalayas. He’s now a cyclist and runner and spends as much free time as possible exploring the backcountry on foot, skis, and snowboard. He lives in New York with his wife, Tara, and baby, Daisy.
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