Feel-Good Yoga Twists to Ease Your Aching Back
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.
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.
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.