If twists are one of your favorite things to do in yoga poses, here are 12 poses to make your back feel sensational. They relieve tightness that causes pain, but they also help to elongate the spine, which means better posture and improved breathing. And the benefits don’t end there — spinal twist poses also help you digest a big dinner and aid in, ahem, moving things along. From standing to seated postures, these 12 twists will have you twisting and shouting for joy.
Open Rotated Warrior
Adding a twist while in Warrior 1 will effectively target the chest and shoulders.
Open Revolved Extended Side Angle
Lunges are wonderful for opening tight hips, which can relieve tension in the lower back, and if you add a twist, you’ll really feel this in your lower back, abs, and chest.
Revolved Side Angle With Prayer Hands is great for stretching the sides of your torso and will also open your shoulders and chest. For a deeper variation, try Bound Revolved Side Angle.
Don’t be fooled — the Rotated Triangle pose is not as easy to master as the basic Triangle, but the spine-stretching results you get from holding this version are well worth it. This is also a great pose for stretching hamstrings!
Try the Twisting Goddess to increase flexibility in your shoulders as well as to tone your quads, glutes, and core.