By Faye Martins
Practicing Yoga is a great way to increase your metabolism, strengthen your muscles and tone your entire body. There are many different types of Yoga asanas and practices. Some Yoga sessions are more restorative and relaxing in nature while other sequences, such as vinyasa or flowing types of Yoga practices, are more strenuous and burn more calories. If you are interested in losing some weight and trimming your waistline, while maintaining good muscle tone, the regular practice of flowing Yoga sequences is very effective.
Incorporating twisting Yoga asanas into your practice will further help you to trim your waistline, burn fat and strengthen your muscles. As you practice twisting poses, you will also detoxify many of your internal organs as you gently and repeatedly wring out tension with each succeeding inhale and exhale. Twisting Lunge is a great standing Yoga asana for strengthening your quadriceps, improving your balance and flushing your organs with new blood and oxygen. It is optimal to practice Twisting Lunge after warming up with a series of Sun Salutations, Triangle Pose and Side Angle Pose.
When you are warmed up, stand at the front end of your mat in Samasthiti. With an exhale, jump your feet three to four feet apart. Turn your right foot parallel to the sides of your mat and your left foot in at a 45 degree angle. The back of your heels should be in alignment with each other. With an inhale, raise your arms to shoulder height with your palms facing towards your mat. Gaze over your right middle finger as you bend your right knee to a 90 degree angle. Do not bend your knee further than the line of your ankle. Hold Warrior One Pose for several breaths before proceeding to Twisting Lunge.
With your next inhale, cartwheel your left arm over your head and hook your left elbow on the outside of your right knee. Be careful to maintain the correct alignment of your knees and feet as you transition into Twisting Lunge. Place your palms together in prayer position with your right elbow pointing up towards the sky. With each exhale, twist a little deeper into the pose by applying gentle pressure to your right knee with your left elbow. With each inhale, release the pose slightly. Hold Twisting Lunge for three to five complete breaths. When you are finished, with your next exhale, release your arms. With an inhale, walk or jump your feet back to the top of the Yoga mat. Pause for a moment in Samasthiti to feel the rejuvenating and invigorating effects of Twisting Lunge. Repeat on the left hand side.
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