Spinal twist is known as Ardha Matsyendrasana. It is named after the founder of Hatha yoga, Matsyendrasana. There are many variations of this pose. If a person has low back issues they can extend one leg out with the foot flexed. This pose stretches every inch of the spine and rinses out all of the internal organs. It cleanses the spine and improves digestion. Spinal twists are excellent to do before Savasana. This pose opens the hips and helps to awaken the first two chakras, sacral and root. Muladhara, or root chakra, is the first energy center in the body. Muladhara is red. It is the root of our connection to the earth and to our survival instincts. This chakra is at the seat of our personal power and amplifies all of the other chakras. The second chakra is the sacral chakra. The color of the sacral chakra is orange. It is where our passion, intimacy, and creativity resides. Ardha Matsyendrasana is a way for me to seal my practice after doing challenging asanas. It brings me a sense of peace and deepens my connection to the earth. I like to imagine the colors of the first two chakras glowing like a beautiful flame when I am in this twist.
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