Strengthen And Stretch Your Spine With This Seated Twist

Are you one of the 80% of Americans who have been affected by back pain? My clients often complain of either low back pain, or upper back pain between their shoulder blades (and sometimes both!) Looking for a drug free way to reduce your back pain? Incorporate yoga poses like this one into your daily routine.

Here Mandy demonstrates one of the October Five – Yoga Seated Twist (also known as Ardha Matsyendrasana or Half Lord of the Fishes Pose). Try this at home and remember to work at your own comfort level and breathe!

Sit up tall and extend your legs out in front of you. Bring your right foot flat on the ground and close to you, knee towards the ceiling (or cross right foot over left leg). Try tucking your left foot underneath you, if this causes knee pain keep your left leg straight.

Hug your right knee with your left arm, or try pressing your arm into the outside of your leg, and twist to the right. Press your right hand into the ground behind you and lift and lengthen your spine. Stay here for five breaths and then switch sides.