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Seated Spinal Twist

Eoin suggests working the outer hips, obliques, and shoulders with a nice Seated Spinal Twist.

  • From Downward Facing Dog, drop your knees to your mat, and sit with your legs extended straight out in front of you.
  • Bend your right knee, and place your right heel to the left of your bended left knee. Your left heel will be facing the back of your mat.
  • Reach your right arm behind you, and plant your palm on the floor. Press your right hand on the floor behind you to help lengthen your spine. Place your left elbow on the outside of your right knee to help you twist.
  • Stay here for five or more breaths, working on drawing your right shoulder back. Use each inhale to lengthen the spine and each exhale to rotate further. If you're finding it hard to breathe deeply, release the bind, and bring your right hand back behind you.
  • When you're done, take a counter pose by slowly twisting your body to the left for a breath, and then switch sides.

Source: Louisa Larson Photography

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