Deep Yoga Twisting: Ardha Matsyendrasana.

Via Kino MacGregor
on Aug 16, 2013
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Twisting postures cleanse and purify the body and help stabilize the spine.

By twisting and folding the digestive system, toxins and impurities contained within are removed. Deep twisting postures are often used in the Ashtanga Yoga system to literally twist into your center so that the core strength is actively engaged, helping the spine find stability after deep back bending.

Ardha Matsyendrasana helps reset the spine after the deep backbends of the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga. It is not a resting or relaxation posture, instead the deep work contained within the twist equalizes the back muscles and neutralizes any stress placed on the intra-vertebral discs during the challenging back bending series of Ashtanga Yoga Second Series.

While weight loss by itself is not a stated purpose of the yoga path, deep twisting helps remove excess fatty tissue around the mid-section. These stuck places of energy of our body are often the place where the most obstacles lie. By moving deeply into twisting the energy flows more powerfully through these areas of leathery and dullness.

The increased energy flow is the true goal of the yoga practice so that when fully established in the Ashtanga Yoga method, the energy flows freely along the inner body and up the central axis, along the spinal cord. When practicing Ardha Matsyendrasana, align your intention with the deeper benefits of the practice and the posture will transform you.

Do not stop at the mere physical results, instead look for the subtle sensations to which the practice opens your mind.

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Ed: Sara Crolick


About Kino MacGregor

Kino MacGregor is one of a select group of people to receive the Certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga by its founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. The youngest woman to hold this title, she has completed the challenging Third Series and is now learning the Fourth Series. After seven years of consistent trips to Mysore, at the age of 29, she received from Guruji the Certification to teach Ashtanga yoga and has since worked to pass on the inspiration to practice to countless others. In 2006, she and her husband Tim Feldmann founded Miami Life Center, where they now teach daily classes, workshops and intensives together in addition to maintaining an international traveling and teaching schedule. She has produced three Ashtanga yoga DVDs (Kino MacGregor – A Journey, A Workshop; Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series; Ashtanga Yoga Intermediate Series), an Ashtanga yoga practice card and a podcast on yoga. Her next book, The Power of Ashtanga Yoga, is set to come out in the spring of 2013 from Shambhala Publications. As a life coach and Ph.D. student in holistic health with a Master’s Degree from New York University, Kino integrates her commitment to consciousness and empowerment with her yoga teaching. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga Mind Body Spirit, Yoga Joyful Living, Travel & Leisure Magazine, Ocean Drive Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, Florida Travel & Life Magazine, Six Degrees Magazine as well as appearing on Miami Beach’s Plum TV and the CBS Today Show. Find her on her page, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Get her Yoga Life app on iTunes.


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