What is Bharadvajasana (Lateral twist of the spine)
This asana is named after the ancient sage Bharadvaja, who was the father of the great warrior Dronacharya.
Both are major characters in the Indian epic, Mahabharata.
Regular practice of this asana teaches you to rotate your spinal column effectively, which increases the flexibility of your back and torso, and prepares you for the more advanced twists.
Benefits of Bharadvajasana
- Relieves pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and the lower back
- Helps keep the spine and shoulders supple
- Eases a painful, stiff, sprained, or fused lumbar spine
- Reduces discomfort in the dorsal spine area
- Increases the flexibility of the back and hips
- Reduces pain in the hip joints, calves, heels, and ankles
- Makes the hamstrings supple
- Helps treat disorders of the kidneys, liver, spleen, and gall bladder
- Relieves indigestion and flatulence
- Tones the muscles of the uterus
Contraindications and Cautions
Do not practice this asana if you have:
- Eye strain
- Stress related headache
- Diarrhea or dysentery
- Heart Diseases
- Cold or chest congestion
- Chronic fatigue syndrome