The dormancy and fatigue of winter are turning into budding energy of spring. Where I live outside of Washington DC we have pink blossoms beginning to cover the bare branches of our trees.
I went for a bike ride with my son last week and noticed a stream with running water that was frozen just a few weeks ago. My kids are ready to run, as well! Their little bodies are bursting with excitement – ready to exercise their gross motor muscle groups by climbing on the playground and kicking the soccer ball. Of course, these big, exciting movements come with their share of boo-boos. We’ve had a turned ankle, a scraped shin, and a tumble down the front steps, so far. I’ve been giving out a lot of hugs, some band aids, and a “get back in the game” attitude. The turned ankle resulted in a visit to the orthopedist. The ankle had been quite tender and unable to fully heal given the amount of play that my son’s spirit required. He was fitted for an ankle brace and the doctor said he should resume jumping, running and playing as long as he wore the brace for 4-6 weeks.
As we transition from winter into spring many regular yoga students are adding a variety of twisting poses to their practice. One of my favorite aspects of being an athletic yogini is that there always seem to be new challenges and creative approaches to different asana. I have been teaching the scissor twist in my vinyasa and restorative classes. Students are raving about the scissor twist. Here is a little bit of information about twisting:
Yoga twisting can offer a musculoskeletal approach that will enhance your body’s ability to process and eliminate what is not healthy in your system. There are a wide variety of twist poses – standing, seated, and lying down – all with abundant benefits for your circulatory system, internal organs, and body consciousness.
Below is the basic scissor twist that you can use in your yoga practice with your kiddos!