Yoga takes the spine and all the muscles attached to it into every conceivable position. This is healthy for healthy spines. If you have disc issues, osteoporosis, or other medical issues with your spine, you should always check with your doctor as to what movements you should and should not do. And then… tell your yoga teacher. Your teacher will then be able to adapt class to meet your needs. This doesn’t always mean that the teacher will no longer lead postures you shouldn’t be doing. Rather, they will be directing instructions specifically to you to help remind you to take care of your self. I.e. if you shouldn’t be rounding your spine in forward folds due to osteoporosis but the rest of the class is doing a pose that usually requires it, you may head your teacher say “Unless you have osteoporosis or other spinal issues, round your spine as you fold. If you shouldn’t be rounding your spine, please lengthen your spine while keeping it neutral.”
Finally, twisting. I generally let these be a little more static. Reach an arm toward the sky into an open twist, bringing shoulders toward stacked. Hold 10 breaths. Then, take that arm underneath the other into a closed twist (threading the needle), bringing your shoulder toward the floor.
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