Supported Twist – Aid digestion, reduce water retention and relieve stress on your back muscles with this wonderful Restorative Yoga pose that’s not just for Christmas!
Also, like all Restorative Yoga poses this Supported Twist is great to practice if you have been feeling stressed or fatigued.
It’s really simple to do at home. You can use a yoga bolster if you have one, but you really don’t need any special yoga props – as you can see in this picture, I’m using bed pillows. If you want to create a similar depth to a yoga bolster then you can wrap two bed pillows together in a blanket or bath towel. You can also achieve a similar effect with cushions or take some blankets or throws from your sofa, fold lengthways and stack on top of one another – whatever works best for you!
Arrange your pillows / stacked blankets so that one end is slightly elevated (as pictured)
Sit on the ground with your right hip at the lower end of your pillows / stacked blankets with your knees bent (your legs can rest on each other or you can separate them – whichever feels most comfortable)
Turn your torso to the right, placing your hands on either side of your pillows / blankets
Take an inhale, lengthening the front of your body; on the exhale ease your torso on to your pillows
Allow your arms to rest comfortably on the floor
For a deeper twist (optional), turn your left ear down to your pillow so that your head is facing the opposite direction to your knees
Stay in this pose on the right for up to 4 minutes then repeat on your left side for the same duration.