If twists are one of your favorite things to do in yoga poses, here are 12 poses to make your back feel sensational. They relieve tightness that causes pain, but they also help to elongate the spine, which means better posture and improved breathing. And the benefits don't end there — spinal twist poses also help you digest a big dinner and aid in, ahem, moving things along . From standing to seated postures, these 12 twists will have you twisting and shouting for joy.
Open Rotated Warrior 1
Adding a twist while in Warrior 1  will effectively target the chest and shoulders.
Open Revolved Extended Side Angle
Lunges are wonderful for opening tight hips, which can relieve tension in the lower back, and if you add a twist , you'll really feel this in your lower back, abs, and chest.
Revolved Side Angle With Prayer Hands
Revolved Side Angle With Prayer Hands  is great for stretching the sides of your torso and will also open your shoulders and chest. For a deeper variation, try Bound Revolved Side Angle .
Don't be fooled — the Rotated Triangle pose  is not as easy to master as the basic Triangle , but the spine-stretching results you get from holding this version are well worth it. This is also a great pose for stretching hamstrings!
Try the Twisting Goddess  to increase flexibility in your shoulders as well as to tone your quads, glutes, and core.
Wide-Legged Forward Bend Twist
Adding a twist to a Wide-Legged Forward Bend  allows you to open one shoulder at a time.
Half Bound Wide Squat
This low squat variation  offers not only a great twist, but also a deep shoulder stretch.
This relaxing Pigeon variation  increases side-to-side flexibility in the lower and upper back. For an even deeper stretch, rest your shoulder and ear on the floor .
If you love the hip-opening Pigeon pose  for relieving pelvic tension, you'll also appreciate this Pigeon Twist  variation.
Seated Spinal Twist
This Seated Spinal Twist  is one of the most basic yoga twists, perfect for loosening your back and relieving stress.
Use the floor to get an even deeper stretch with this Kneeling Twist . The harder you press into your bottom hand, the more you'll feel this in your lower back.
A calming twist you can do on your mat or even in your bed, this twist involves placing your legs in Eagle position . But if that's too intense, just stack you knees on top of each other.