#WellnessWednesday - Yoga for Life: Week 39

Instructional picture: how to do the yoga pose belly rolling

Jathara Parivartanasana / Belly Rolling

Benefits:

Strengthens abdominal muscles.

Tones digestive organs.

Releases tension in the back and shoulder muscles.

Foundation & General Alignment:

Head, shoulder blades, back, and pelvis are on the floor.

Start with legs vertical and together, can be bent for beginners.

Arms are extended in a “t" like position.

The naval is twisting away from the direction that the legs are going.

The legs stay together during the twist with the heels, ankles, and knees even.

Head can face the ceiling or turn opposite of your twist.

Make sure to maintain a curve in the neck.

Common Problems:

Most at risk is the low back.

Spine rounded.

Neck over of under arched.

Lack of muscular engagement.

Modifications:

Bend your knees, can use block between shins.

When legs are straight use a block between feet.

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