Bharadvaja’s Twist (Bharadvajasana) – Learn How To Practice This Asana In 3 Steps | Yoga With Nutan

BHARADVAJA’S TWIST

Sanskrit NameBharadvajasana

Sanskrit Name Meaning – Bharadvaja – Sage Bharadvaja, Asana - Pose

Type of Asana – Seated Twist Yoga Pose

Target Areas – Full Body


WHAT IS BHARADVAJA’S TWIST (BHARADVAJASANA)?

Bharadvaja’s Twist (Bharadvajasana) is a gentle seated twisted yoga pose that stimulates your core and spine. It’s named after Bharadvaja a revered Vedic sage who also helped author the Rig Veda.


DO NOT PRACTICE BHARADVAJA’S TWIST (BHARADVAJASANA) IF:

  1. You’re on your period or you have diarrhea

  2. You have an issue with your blood pressure

  3. You suffer from migraines or insomnia

  4. You’ve recently had surgery

BENEFITS OF BHARADVAJA’S TWIST (BHARADVAJASANA)

  1. Stretches your abdominal muscles, spine, shoulders and hips.

  2. Relieves feelings of anxiety and stress

  3. Alleviates lower back and neck pain

  4. Improves digestion

HOW TO PRACTICE BHARADVAJA’S TWIST (BHARADVAJASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS

  1. Start in Staff Pose (Dandasana). Bend your knees and wing your legs to the left. Lay our feet in front of your left hip. Inhale and lift up through your sternum. Exhale and twist your torso to the right.

  2. Rest your left hand under your right knee and place your right hand to the floor next to your right buttock. Look over your left shoulder.

  3. Stay in this asana for as long as you feel comfortable, breathe deeply and reconnect with yourself.

BHARADVAJA’S TWIST (BHARADVAJASANA) VARIATION – SIT ON A BLANKET

Practice this asana by sitting on a blanket to help boost you up.


PREPARATORY POSES


Bound Angle Pose - Baddha Konasana


Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose - Supta Padangusthasana


Hero Pose – Virasana


Extended Triangle Pose - Utthita Trikonasana


Warrior II Pose - Virabhadrasana II


Tree Pose - Vrksasana


COUNTER POSES


Bound Angle Pose - Baddha Konasana


Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose - Supta Padangusthasana


Hero Pose – Virasana


Extended Triangle Pose - Utthita Trikonasana


Warrior II Pose - Virabhadrasana II


Tree Pose - Vrksasana


Standing Forward Bend – Uttanasana


Seated Forward Bend – Paschimottanasana


Head-to-Knee Forward Bend - Janu Sirsasana

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