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3 Best Reasons to practise Twists during YOGA class

Updated: Aug 4, 2021

Why are Twist Poses good for the Digestive System?

In most Yoga classes, definitely if you practise with me, there will be an element of twisting through the sequence. I specifically encourage my students to twist in the morning to 'get the digestive system going'. Lets look at the dynamics behind the twists.


  • FRESH BLOOD: When we twist the blood and oxygen to our digestive organs is limited and creates an intra-abdominal compression. When we release, the organs receive a fresh batch of oxygen rich blood, helping the digestive system work efficiently.

  • RELEASES TRAPPED GAS: If you've read the 'About Me' section on my website, you will know that I have experienced just this in a yoga class. There are specific poses that put pressure on your internal organs, which in return help move the trapped gas through your system. Think of poses such as Supine Twist, Revolved Extended Hand to Big Toe or Knee to Chest Hamstring Stretch.

  • HELPS YOU RELAX: Did you know that 95% of our Serotonin, the Happy Hormone, is released in the gut? Through twisting we encourage the release of this hormone. Also twisting, teamed up with slowing down and breathing, allows our parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest) to kick in.

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