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Spinal Twist - Matsyendrasana

***Stimulates Kundilini***

Sitting with back straight and legs outward in front of you bend the right knee and bring the heel of right foot close to left hip. Inhale and bend left knee upward and place the left foot flat on the floor to the right of the right leg with the ankle touching the right thigh. While turning the spine to the left  straighten the right arm bringing it around to the outside of the left knee and grasp the left foot with the right hand. Turn head to the left and extend left arm behind back. Keep spine, neck, head aligned. Somewhat tricky/ difficult to breath deeply at first however once you learn how to breath gently filling your lungs and expanding chest this posture will provide greater benefits. Untangle yourself and reverse sides.

Benefits:

-promotes flexibility in spine

-strengthens spine

-relieves tension in upper back and neck

-flushes abdominal area and internal organs with blood

-tones stomach and hip muscles

 

Revised: 12/27/2010

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***CAUTION: please consult with your doctor before beginning a new Yoga exercise program***

Colleen Rawn-Boicey

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