Let’s Twist Again…

Twisting takes us inward. This can be either wonderful, as in a deeply cleansing Asana/Pose, or…it can be a convoluted inner angst, a nightmare of repeated wounding we inflict upon ourselves. When we are unable to release ‘old story,’ when we return time and again to defend against change, to see only the one side of the issue, to choose to be hurt by past bruises, and unresolved anger, then twisting in to re-scar that old territory, opens cankers of dis-ease and dismay.

You ask, “Who in their right mind chooses that?” Not many of us when we are in our ‘right mind.’ It is when the ‘wronged mind’ takes over and can’t move on that we unconsciously, and consciously, spend too much time living past story. When it is our ‘story’ it is all too often one of regret, sorrow, and mis-deeds…be they done unto, or meted out.

Twisting and breathing in NOW is not necessarily easy, but it is far more comfortable than past or future turmoils. Living in now makes it easier to view the past and see it as….well, past; gone! Done! Over! Take the lessons, see the mistakes, wash forgiveness over all, until forgiveness is unnecessary. Then twists carry us into the inner, sacred sanctum of profound physical, and emotional release. Our DNA is formed by a double helix, strands of light allowing new life to emerge from its endless twisting convolutions.

Asana: Parivritta Parsvakonasana/Revolving Lateral Angle Pose. You can come into this Pose from Vira I by exhaling as you bring the arms down and across the forward knee. If the R knee is front, move the L ribs long, to try and place the entire L arm over the R thigh. Make sure the R knee remains over the R ankle, and that the back L leg remains strong. If it is too difficult to keep the back foot down in Vira I, then allow the foot to turn over into crescent and press the heel back. Continue inhaling to lengthen the torso, and exhaling to twist ever deeper. The palms can press together, at the center of the chest, or place the L palm, or fingers on the floor. If this is too difficult, place a block under the fingertips.
Do both sides by returning to Vira I, lower arms over, releasing R leg back into Down Dog, then bring L foot forward into Vira I, or crescent.

Health Notes: Because the abdominal organs are contracted, digestion is aided by taking waste matter more easily from the colon. Deep twists bring more blood to the spine as well as abdominal organs, rejuvenating and cleansing.

Astrologic Notes: Aires energy loves forward movement. Rarely does the Mars ruled body stagnate, or sit still, unless other forces are at work. Aires people are often courageous, and have a great facility for cutting through bullshit, unless they are working the dark side of their nature; using manipulation and abuse to get desired results

Ayurvedic Notes: If you have an inborn metabolic pattern, (called a ‘prakruti,’) primarily of fire, then you express in terms of the Pitta Dosha. This constitution rules the emotions as well as the physical. Pitta types tend to be like Aires; impatient, more aggressive, and bent on greater achievement. Taking quiet time to go inward, to emit long exhales in order to deeply twist, are wonderful Pitta/Aires antidotes.


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