Twisted Thanksgiving Yoga Poses

Happy World Hello Day Everyone!

Its officially the day before Thanksgiving and the food is prepped and ready to put in the oven tomorrow.  I don’t know about any of you, but I plan on eating my weight in the feast tomorrow.  I will definitely pay for it on Friday but it will be worth it.  Friday will consist of yoga, yoga, and more yoga!!

Todays pose is a good twist with a fun bound.  Twists are my favorite because they release toxins out of the body.  With Thanksgiving tomorrow, releasing the toxins before I put a ton more in is always a good thing.  This is one of those poses that has a bunch of variations because of the different types of bodies. If it is hard to grab your fingers, you can always use something to hold onto.  Also, in the pictures, (Thank you Abi) I am standing.  You can get the same effect out of having the back knee down on the floor if the standing is a bit harsh.

Todays Pose: Parivrtta Baddha Parsvokonasana-Revolved Side Angle Pose- Stand in Warrior II with your right knee at a 90 degree angle over ankle. Reach your right arm out in front and bring it all the way over the right leg.  Then take your left arm and bring it around behind you and find your fingers.  As I wrote earlier, you might need to use a strap or a belt or scarf to hold on to.  That is perfectly alright.  Stay here for a few minutes taking nice, long and deep breathes and repeat with the other leg in front.  Bare in mind that your shoulders, if they are anything like mine, are complete opposite and sometimes do not like this pose.

What this pose works: rhomboids, latissimus dorsi, erector spinae, hamstrings, and quadriceps.IMG_6600

Photo credit: Abi