STEP 1: Sit on the floor with both legs straight in front of you.|
STEP 2: Bend your left leg towards your chest.|
STEP 3: Rotate your torso toward your left knee. Wrap your right arm around the left knee, positioning the knee in the crook of the right elbow.|
STEP 4: Clasp your hands. Keep your back straight all throughout the pose.|
In the illustration of Step 3 of the Sage Twist, it appears that the left arm is being wrapped around the left leg, while the text sayt 6that the right arm should be warpped around the left leg. Which is correect?
it's actually your left arm (yes the instructions for step 3 are incorrect, the illustration is right). It wraps around the inside of your left leg, then reach towards your back to clasp your right hand behind your back. You do not need to be able to clasps hands though to do this pose. Start with what is comfortable =)
Well, if you look at the animation closely, it's the right arm that is wrapped around the left knee... so the text in step 3 is correct.
yeah, your right if you watch the animation (it's quick though) and the illustration is hard to tell. But the way I described it is how my instructors have always demonstrated in class. I suppose there can be variations to the pose depending on who has taught who. Twisting the opposite way (as the animation shows) would offer a deeper stretch, however with my lower back injury I will stick with what I am already doing.
True... there can be several variations for each yoga pose. I agree with what you have said before - start with what is comfortable. It is important to listen to your body.
What is the best way to counterpose a spine twist? I have heard that back bends could cause discs to herniate. Is this correct?
As a physical therapist specializing in the spine and a yoga practitioner, I can make a few points about herniated disks and twising yoga poses. If you are not having any pain before or during any asana, there is nothing to worry about. The anatomy of a healthy disk will allow all types of movement of the spine safely. However, if you have any spinal pain, I would highly recommend avoiding twisting and bending movements. If anyone reading this post is having radiating pain down their leg- go see a physican ASAP.
What I have learnt as a yoga instructor is that all of the above postures described by the animation AND by members Gratefulb and KC are correct variations of Marichiasan, or Sage Pose.
Variations may include Marichiasan A, B, C and D:
Marichiasan A (no twist) – Described by Gratefulb, it is a forward fold with one leg bent towards chest, reach forward, bend arm around front of SAME SIDE leg, and hands clasped behind back, gaze is forward.
Marichiasan B (no twist) – Same as A, but bend the straight leg on the inside so that ankles are touching.
Marichiasan C (twist) – With one leg bent towards chest (as in A), place OPPOSITE hand on knee (or opposite elbow on outside of knee), gaze is towards the back. You are twisting towards the bent leg.
Marchiasan D (twist) – Shown in animation with OPPOSITE elbow on outside of knee, hands clasped behind back, gaze is towards the back.
In the animation, from Step 3 onward we are looking at his back.
hi it would be great if these animation have a audio aswell
why is it so hard to do yoga moves when your not really out of shape?
@Samantha - That is because even though you are in shape, a lot of your muscles and fibres are being moved in a direction they are not used to.
These are all the Yoga Poses covered in this section:
|3:||Revolved Triangle Pose|
|4:||Crescent Moon Pose|
|5:||Warrior Pose I|
|6:||Warrior Pose II|
|7:||Warrior Pose III|
|8:||Wide-legged Forward Bend|
|9:||Chair Pose I|
|10:||Chair Pose II|
|11:||Standing Forward Bend|
|12:||Downward Facing Dog Pose|
|13:||Revolved Side Angle Pose|
|14:||Hands to Feet Pose|
|15:||Standing Side Stretch Pose|
|16:||Spread Leg Forward Fold|
|18:||Half Moon Pose|
|19||Sun Salutation Pose|
|20:||Spread Leg Forward Fold|
|23:||Seated Forward Bend|
|26:||Full Boat Pose|
|27:||Half Spinal Twist|
|29:||Leg Reclining Lunge|
|30:||Leg to Side Pose|
|32:||Single Leg Raises|
|33:||Double Leg Raise|
|34:||Wind Relieving Pose|