SPINAL TWIST ASANAS
The few asanas in this section supplement the backward and forward bending asanas. Every asana program should include at least one asana from this group, preferably following the practice of the forward and backward bending asanas, as they remove tension in the back. The twist imposed on the spine and the whole trunk beneficially exercises the associated muscles, provides flexibility to the spinal column and stimulates the spinal nerves. It also has a strong influence on the abdominal organs, by alternately stretching and compressing them as the body is twisted first in one direction and then in the other.
Beginners must be careful not to twist the trunk more than the flexibility of the muscles will comfortably allow. After some weeks of regular practice the muscles will gradually accommodate a more accentuated twist. All that is needed is patience and perseverance on the part of the practitioner. The small effort that is required will be more than compensated for by improved health and vitality.