The yoga twisting poses can stretch and lengthen the spine, detoxify our body, and calm the nervous system. The majority of yoga classes always have some twisting poses because these poses offer so many great benefits. Bharadvaja’s twist, known as Bharadvajasana I, is quite a simple seated position suitable for most people, including beginners. Experts call this gentle twist to be a tonic for the abdominal organs and spine.
What is Bharadvajasana I
Bharadvajasana I is named after the ancient Indian sage known as Bharadvaja. People believe that he composed hymns that can be seen in the ancient scriptures known as the Vedas. Sometimes this pose is called ‘Pose that is dedicated to the sage Bharadvaja.
When you practice Bharadvajasana, it helps you rebalance your body from head to toe, inside and out. This can be very useful to calm the mind, thus allowing you to feel more peaceful, and many people think that this is what Bharadvaja himself felt when he was composing his hymns.
How to practice Bharadvajasana I
You can begin practicing the Staff pose by sitting with both legs extended and elongated through your spine. Bending both knees and swinging the heels towards the outside of the hip allows gravity to guide the knees towards the ground. The next step is to inhale and lengthen from your tailbone up through the crown of your head.
You can start to twist the torso to your left on the exhalation. In another step, you hook the back of your right hand around the left knee front. The last step is to inhale lengthening again, and on the exhale, you walk the left fingertips behind your back and then around to the right. You wrap your left arm around your back and grasp the right bicep.
Benefits of Bharadvajasana I
- Bharadvajasana I help to stretch the torso, spine, shoulders, and hips. It is a belly-open pose and is, therefore, a safe twist for pregnant women. When you twist the torso in this pose, it can massage and positively stimulate your torso organs, regulates your metabolism, improves your digestion, and aids your organs in detoxification.
- Bharadvajasana can also help many people relieve neck pain, lower back pain, and sciatica.
- Like other yoga twists, you can relieve your stress with Bharadvajasana by squeezing out your anxiety and daily life emotions, just like you wring out a sponge.
- Bharadvajasana is also helpful in restoring your balance and stability to the body, mind, and spirit. Therefore, as a practitioner, you feel calmer and have a graceful state of mind, even when you are not practicing it.
A yoga practice like Bharadvajasana I that includes twists can help anyone regain balance, calmness, and ease in life. When you lengthen and stretch your spine, you feel renewed by gaining energy. When your abdominal organs are massaged, your negative emotions and physical toxins can easily be removed. To feel renewed and full of life, adding some twists to your day can be beneficial.