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.