Twisting and inverting poses are very good for us because they help cleanse our lymph system. And, since our lymph system depends on movement to circulate and be effective, unlike the vascular system of veins and arteries that is driven by the pumping heart, twisting and getting upside-down are some of the best ways to keep the lymph moving. This keeps you healthy.
But that's not all that twisting and inversions poses do for us. Here is a list of the benefits of Twists:
- Rotates the vertebral bodies of your spine, building strength and flexibility in the deep and superficial spinal and abdominal muscles.
- Ensures elasticity in the disks between the vertebrae as well as the ligaments of the back.
- Alternately compresses and stretches the hemispheres of the chest, stimulating respiratory function.
- Gives a healthy massage to other vital organs like the stomach, liver, intestines, and kidneys.
- Restores symmetry between the shoulders and pelvis to help make your back feel better.
- Because the nervous system revolves around the spinal cord, twisting the spine also wrings out the nervous system. This is one of the meeting spots of mind and body.
- Twists help to relieve emotional tension that gets trapped in the body in the form of tight muscles.
Getting upside-down is perhaps the best way of moving lymph through the body and cleaning house. Inversions:
- Builds muscles in the neck and shoulders.
- Tones vital organs and stimulate glands.
- Like twists, inversions build strength and flexibility in the superficial and deep muscles and connective tissue along the spine and rib cage, most notably in the diaphragm and abdominal muscles.
- With all this muscular toning along our spine and ribs, our posture improves. When done properly, inversions can lengthen our spine.
- Inversions also help your digestion, respiration, and circulatory systems.