With summer in full swing I teamed up with Erika Fischer, Cat Dang and Britt Molten, to bring you seven twisted yoga asanas to try in seven days to help you wring out your detoxification organs so you can feel fresh and revitalized for summer. Did I mention our great prizes??? 2 sets of @optp performance wedges and blocks, 1 item from @theelephantpants, a stunning pendant from @meditationtalks & a super chill 24 hour cooler from @elementalbottles ??

Why twist?

Twists  assist your body in the detoxification process. How you may ask? Twists help to stimulate our organs, including our organs of elimination which in turn can help stimulate our metabolism and rate of excretion.

Yoga Guru and founds of Iyengar Yoga, BKS Iyengar said that twists are detoxifying because of the squeeze and soak action. The organs of detoxification and elimination are compressed pushing out old blood and so then when we release the twist fresh blood can flow in.

When does the #YogiDetoxTwist challenge start?

Its starts June 11 – 17 2018. You can use these asanas at anytime as part of your practice to help the daily elimination of toxins.

To enter:

1. Repost this flyer and tag a friend you think would love to twist with us.
2. Post daily the pose or a modification/pose inspired by the hosts daily with the hashtag #yogidetoxtwist
3. Follow all the hosts and the sponsors and tag them in your posts.
4. Have FUN! Be POSITIVE! Support one another!

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Poses by Day ??
1. Revolving Chair
2. Twisted Downward Dog
3. Revolving Trikonasana/ Triangle
4. Eka Pada Koundinyasana/Twisted One-Legged Arm Balance pose
5. Pasaasana/Noose Pose
6. Twisted Compass

Asanas breakdown:

So lets get started! I always recommend a warm up and at least three rounds of Sun Salutation A before starting any yoga sequence.

When twisting remember to Inhale and lengthen the spine first – In seated twists, ground through the sitting bones. If you experience rounding in the lower back here, sit up on a block or blankets so you maintain the natural length and curves of the back.


Day 1. Revloving Chair/ Parivrttautkaasana:

Photo credit: Yoga Journal

  1. From Tadassana.
  2. Exhale sink the hips low keeping the spine straight.
  3. Keep your weight in your heels, especially your left heel. Draw your left thighbone back to keep your hips and knees even. Then gently roll your belly, chest, neck, to begin twisting.
  4.  Open your arms wide into a straight line, pressing your left arm against your right thigh, leveraging your twist a bit deeper. Press your left hand down into your mat outside your right foot, and reach your right arm upward.
  5. Balance the work of grounding back and down in your legs, anchoring your heels, while you lengthen your spine, twist, and open your chest. Spread your arms even more, like bird wings banking on an updraft. Hold for 5 breaths then exhale and unwind. Switch sides.

Day 2. Twisted Downward Dog:


Day 3 – Revolved Triangle with block:


From downward dog:

  1. Turn the right foot out slightly, step the left foot forward so that your stance is wide yet comfortable. Around three feet apart
  2. Ensure your hips are square and facing forward.
  3. Straighten the left knee.
  4. Sit here for a few breaths.
  5. Inhale lift the chest and look forward.
  6. Exhale bend down towards the chin
  7. Bring the arms behind the back and hold onto the forearms.
  8. Connect with your breath and balance.
  9. Inhale lift the chest and look forward.
  10. Exhale bend forward.
  11. Rotate the chest and place left bring your palm back flat onto the mat next to the right foot. This can be on the inner or outer foot depending on your level of flexibility in the spiral. line.
  12. Hold for 60 seconds.
  13. Bring the left leg back to your downward dog.

Day 4 – Eka Pada Koundinyasana/Twisted One-Legged Arm Balance pose



  1. From downward dog.
  2. Tiger curl your knee to meet your tricep.
  3. Lunge the arms forward so that they become a platform.
  4. Engage your core, fly your legs high into the sky and smile! You did it!!!

5. Pasaasana/Noose Pose

Photo credit: Yoga Journal

  1. From Tadassana.
  2. Bend your knees into a full squat, bring your sit bones down to the floor until they are sitting on your heels. If you’re not able to get the heels fully on the floor, squat with the heels raised on a yoga wedge is really helpful.
  3. Swing your knees slightly to the left. As you exhale, turn your torso to the right and press both hands into the wall. As your left hand presses into the wall, the elbow should press against the outside of your right knee. Support the pose by using your right hand for leverage-the right hand will be high and the left hand will be low.
  4. For the full pose, it’s necessary to close any space between the left side of the torso and the tops of the thighs. So work the back of the left arm down the leg, moving the back of the left shoulder toward the outside of the right knee.

Day 6 – Twisted Sun Dial:


1) Warm up your hamstrings with any kinds of forward bends before trying
2) If your problem is not being able to hook your knee high up your shoulder, do a 90• resting pigeon to warm up the hip.
3) The higher you get your knee up your arm, the easier it will be to balance and twist in the full pose.
4) Belly in and twist from belly button
5) The top arm is active! Use it to pull against your top leg as an resistance to twist more.




How did you go? Let me know in the comments below.


Love Vanessa xoxox.

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