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Binds, twists and relaxation

The high lunge bind is one of the many poses we did today in Vinyasa class. Photo provided by m/3/sideangle4blog.jpg

Today in my Vinyasa flow glass we focused on binding and twisting.

This Yoga Journal article gives a great and lengthy description of a Hatha practice while binding.

The noose pose is a bind and a twist. We didn’t quite do this pose today. We did a bind while in a lunge. (Among many other binds and twists.)

Yoga Journal states the following list of benefits one gets from practicing the noose pose:

  • Stretches and strengthens the ankles
  • Stretches the thighs, groins, and spine
  • Opens the chest and shoulders
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Improves digestion and elimination
  • Improves posture
  • Binding and twisting massages the internal organs and is detoxifying. This article discusses the many benefits of binding.

    I am starting to wonder if my yoga instructors are preparing us for the holiday gorge fest that we are about to embark on. I talked about the twisting we did in Baxter’s Hatha class on Wednesday night.

    Another preparation for the season that begins … really now, you know, the crazy holiday season, end of the year at work … I made sure to attend the restorative class tonight. I really enjoy that class. Today I physically relaxed just fine, but my mind didn’t. And eventually I got antsy and wanted to start moving around. But it was still a relaxing class and I feel ready for bed and my short workweek.

    2 Responses to “Binds, twists and relaxation”

    1. Jen Says:

      Thanks for the reminder about restorative. There’s a class that my friend Kate wants me to attend with her, but it’s on Wednesday night. I think since my in-laws will be arriving en masse on Thursday that a restorative class is the perfect way to prepare!

      Side note – I went to yin on Saturday and it was a partial suspended class. If you ever get a chance to try suspended yin, I recommend it.

    2. Ann Says:

      Yea, I know you will have a lot to do. But definitely make an attempt to take that class. You will be so glad you did.
      Suspended yin? I am intrigued.