twisting yoga posesBy Faye Martins 

What can twisting yoga poses do for stress relief? Stress is often evident in the body through shallow breathing, muscular stiffness and low energy levels. Mental rumination is also a symptom of stagnant emotional energy that is causing emotional stress. An unremitting experience of stress over an extended period of time can also lower the functioning of the immune system and negatively impact memory and the ability to concentrate. Stress can also be one of the primary causes of insomnia and addictive behaviors of all types. Taking time out of your busy day to relax in a hot aromatherapy bath, get a massage or take a walk in nature will all help to lower your stress level and increase a sense of well-being.

Results of Practicing Twisting Yoga Poses

As your stress level lowers, so does the level or cortisol in the blood. Cortisol is a hormone that helps the body to prepare for an emergency. If cortisol levels are too high over an extended period of time, the body cannot properly rest and rejuvenate. The experience of continually high levels of cortisol in the body is like being stuck on perpetual overdrive. Yoga asanas are a great way to relieve mental and physical stress and lower cortisol levels. Twisting Yoga asanas are particularly effective at relieving stress and tension throughout the entire lateral portions of the body. Many twisting Yoga asanas also relieve stress and tension in the shoulders, neck and heart areas. Reclining Twist is a wonderfully restorative Yoga asana that will leave you feeling lighter, energized and more relaxed.

Reclining Variation of Twisting YogaPoses

To practice Reclining Twist, come to a supine position on your Yoga mat. Take a few deep breaths. With your next inhale, bring your knees to your chest and give yourself a hug for several breaths. As you exhale, lower your right leg to the mat and keep your left leg bent. Place your right hand on your left knee and gently bring your left leg to rest on top of your right leg above your right knee. Keep your left arm stretched out to your left side and at shoulder height with your palm facing down. Remember to continue to breath fully and deeply. With each exhale, you may wish to gently apply pressure to your left knee as you coax it more towards the right side of your body. This action will increase the intensity of the stretch. When you are ready, release your left leg and place it flat on the mat. Repeat Reclining Twist on the other side.

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