One of my favorite things to teach in yoga is twists. For many twists have been taught with a rigid and restrictive mindset rather than the fluid and integrated movement our bodies are made to do. While both have merit in this 20-minute Somatic Twist Yoga Sequence we explore the latter. Allowing ourselves to fully explore the twist as a whole body experience.
If you can’t view the embedded video above, you can view the video on YouTube. Maybe add it to a playlist? Above all, remember to subscribe to my channel. New videos are uploaded every week. However, for exclusive longer format videos sign up for my Patreon community. Patrons also get early access to all my videos, along with lots of other benefits
Somatic Twist Yoga Sequence
As with most of the yoga classes I create, this somatic twist yoga sequence starts with grounding and warm up. This is achieved with small mindful movements like windshield wipers and moving onto “fire starter”. This mobilizes the hips, spine and shoulders preparing us for the movements ahead.
Coming onto all fours, we’ll explore cat and cow, before settling into downward facing dog. Peddling the feet in down dog is something that just feels right in my body and something that I offer in almost all of my classes. Especially the first time in down dog.
Lift the right leg up and step it forward, dropping the left knee to the floor. Let the torso rise coming into a low lunge with the arms forward. Practice again the firestarter movement we explored on our back before drawing back into archer’s arms.
Over-all this 20-minute somatic twist yoga sequence explores the movement of the whole body before resting into paschimottanasana with support. Adding blocks under the knees allows less hamstring and a full exploration of the stretch along the whole of the back body.
Like this post? Give it a PIN!
Want more yoga?
If you’re looking for real yoga for real bodies, consider joining my Patreon. Each month I release two yoga classes exclusively for my Patreon community. Other ways to find more yoga with me are signing up for my 7-day yoga challenge, or subscribing to my YouTube channel.
- Have you tried somatic yoga before?
- Is there a difference in your twist right to left?
- Do you suffer with lower back pain?