Twists are detoxifying. They increase blood supply to and around the spine and abdomen muscles. Some twists stretch the pelvic area, increasing blood flow and health there. Some help relieve calcium deposits in the shoulder and increase flexibility there. The spine is rejuvenated and made more flexible. Back pain and arthritis in that area is helped. Many twists also help reduce hip pain. Many trim the abs.
Twists remove waste matter from the colon in a mild way. The colon is exercised. Constipation is relieved. Waste matter and toxins are removed, helping the body stay healthy and relieving related diseases. Removing these toxins also helps the mind stay sharp. Intestines are strengthened. Digestion improves. Gastritis is cured. The abdominal organs are massaged, including the bladder and prostate, keeping them healthy and strong. Twists can stimulate the liver, spleen, and pancreas – this is particularly helpful for people with diabetes.
Examples of twists include:
- Ardha Matsyendrasana/Half Lord of the Fishes
- Jathara Parivartanasana/Revolved Stomach Pose
- Parsva Bakasana/Side Crane