This week’s yoga pose from Stacia Nero of Deliver Me Wellness is the Chair Pose (Utkatasana) and its Twist variations - the first in a series of twist poses for the month of January that are considered detox poses. Detox Yoga Poses can help to cleanse the system just how certain diets and foods can. These poses stimulate the circulatory, digestive and lymph systems to help your body eliminate toxins. In addition to physical detox, they also promote mental cleansing as well with a focus on breathing and patience.
Fun fact: “Utkata” means fierce in Sanskrit
Benefits of Twisted Chair Pose
- Improve the health of the spine and vertebrae.
- Improve digestion and detox the body.
- Stretch and massage the chest, shoulders, lower back, hips, middle spine, and upper back, and tone up all internal organs.
- Help alleviate pain or stiffness of the spine, lower back, as well as the hips.
How To Do Twisted Chair Pose
Stand with your feet and legs together. Begin to bend your knees and sink your hips down and back as if you were sitting in a chair far behind you. Bring your palms together in front of your chest. Rotate your spine to bring your right elbow to your left knee. Try to keep your chest lifted the whole time and your knees aligned. Hold for a few rounds of breath and then repeat on the other side.
To transition into a twisted lunge step the leg without an elbow crossed over it back into a long lunge. Build a strong foundation as you press through the heel of the extended leg.
For better balance, look down to your grounded foot and reach the crown of your head away from you hips. You can take the pose much deeper while playing with arm variations and binds.
Stacia teaches classes here at the Navy Yard Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30 and Friday 12:15 – 1pm – check her out on Facebook here to find out where else you can find her!
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