How to Do the Sage Twist in Yoga

9 of 12 in Series: The Essentials of Yoga

When practicing yoga, the sage twist is a unique pose that rotates the spine from left to right, toning and relaxing as you go. Follow these instructions to complete the sage twist.

Here's what to do:

  1. Start in the sitting position and extend both legs forward.

  2. Bend your right knee and place your right foot on the floor, next to your inside left thigh.

  3. Place your right hand on the floor behind you, palm down.

  4. Take your left palm and wrap it around the outside of your right knee.

  5. Inhale, extending and lifting your spine upward; exhale and twist your torso and head to your right side.

    The sage twist pose. [Credit: Photograph by Blaine Michioka/Rainbow Photography]
    Credit: Photograph by Blaine Michioka/Rainbow Photography
    The sage twist pose.

Taking a yoga class is another way to master the many yoga poses that make up a yoga workout.

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