How To Twist in Yoga

In this video, we have special guest star Gemma Carleton here to break down step by step how to twist in yoga properly and efficiently without hurting your back while still benefiting the most from the pose.

Woman doing a spine twist in yoga.

Learning how to twist in yoga is important because many poses require twists including Revolved Triangle Pose, Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, and Marichi’s Pose. It is easy as a beginner to start twisting with a rounded back, which is something you never want to do.

How To Twist in Yoga

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Sometimes in yoga, participants will twist with a round back which can lead to injury and pain. Follow these steps to twist in yoga without pain:

Step 1: Sit up tall from your hips with a straight back, legs extended out in front of you.

Step 2: Roll your shoulders down away from your ears and squeeze your shoulder blades together.

Step 3: Keeping your left leg extended, bend your right knee, bringing your foot close to your body and keeping your right foot planted on the mat.

Step 4: Pull your left elbow across your right knee, sit up tall, twisting from the shoulders and pulling your right shoulder back while your left shoulder comes forward.

Step 5: Keeping the spine long, your gaze might go over your right shoulder.

About Gemma

Gemma is a certified yoga instructor, teaches fitness classes, and is a personal trainer. Check her out on Instagram and Facebook.

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