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

Michael Taylor
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October 02, 2010
Michael Taylor
Co-Founder Of Strala Yoga
By Michael Taylor
Co-Founder Of Strala Yoga
Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala Yoga.
October 02, 2010
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
Michael Taylor

Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala Yoga, along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard University and complementary medicine at the University of Oxford. Taylor has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years.

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Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala Yoga, along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard University and complementary medicine at the University of Oxford. Taylor has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years.

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