3 Simple Twists To Prepare For Savasana (Video)

Written by Gigi Yogini

My favorite time in a yoga class is Savasana (corpse pose). It's the time when we get to allow ourselves to just be. We don't have to think about the breath, alignment or balance. It's the time when we get to let everything go.

However, Savasana can be confronting if your body is uncomfortable. Sometimes after a long practice we might feel a little compression in the lower back and spine. So in order to release lower back tension before relaxation, most teachers will suggest a twist.

Generally a teacher will tell you what twist to do, but other times, a teacher will simply tell you to choose your favorite. So here are my three favorite simple twists to help prepare for Savasana. Hopefully you'll find one that works for you.

1. Both Knees

Start by bringing both knees into your chest. Inhale at center and then on an exhale, drop both knees to the left side. Extend your right arm out. Turn the palm of your right hand down and release your right shoulder away from the ear. To deepen the twist, turn your head to gaze back at your extended right fingertips. Gently come back to center and do the twist on the other side.

2. Single Knee

Start by bringing your right knee into your chest and leaving your left leg extended. Inhale at center and then on an exhale, twist your right knee across the body to the left. Extend your right arm out to the side. Turn the palm of your right hand down and release your right shoulder away from the ear. To deepen the twist, turn your head to gaze back at your extended right fingertips. Gently come back to center and do the twist on the other side.

3. Pretzel Twist

Start by crossing your right leg over the left. You might even be able to tuck the right toes behind the left calf. Inhale at center, then on an exhale, drop both knees to the left. Extend your right arm out to the side. Turn the palm of your right hand down and release your right shoulder away from the ear. To deepen the twist, turn your head to gaze back at your extended right fingertips. Gently come back to center, untangle your legs and do the twist on the other side.

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