Calm and Uplift: Supported Supine Twist

Leza Lowitz, M.A.
Young woman practicing Parivrtta Supta Padangusthasana, reclined variation of Twisting Extended Han

Supported Supine Twist is a wonderful way to release the entire spine while alleviating tightness in the shoulders and neck. This gentle twist relieves tension in the abdomen and stimulates the digestive system and kidneys. It also generates elasticity and strength in the core and improves circulation throughout the gut.

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