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How to do a Hippy High Lunge Twist; 10 simple steps to bring this dynamic pose to your practice

High lung twist

High Lunge Twist is a variation of Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Extended Side Angle) (basically the back leg down option with prayer hands). I like this hip opener variation but for a more traditional version keep your front foot facing forward.

Here are 10 simple steps to get you started and give you extra insight when practicing this posture in class:

#1 Warm up first with sun salutations

#2 Come into Downward Facing Dog

#3 Inhale and lift your right leg (three legged dog), keeping it strong and straight

#4 Exhale and bring your right foot on the inside of your right palm (or for the hippy version shown here – outside of your right palm, toes pointing towards the corner of the mat)

#5 Keep your back leg active and check your front knee is no further forward than your ankle

#6 Check your left palm is directly under your shoulder and when you're ready, slowly reach your right arm up towards the sky, twisting your torso and belly to the right

#7 If you don’t have any neck issues, then feel free to take the gaze up towards the right palm and extend through your right finger tips

#8 Release; exhale and drop your right hand back to the mat – align your hands shoulder distance apart

#9 Step back into Downward Facing dog

#10 Take a few breaths and repeat on the other side


- If your left palm doesn’t reach the floor, come up onto finger tips, or use block/s or books

- Alternatively you can release your back leg down – but keep your pelvis lifted to protect your groins

What are the benefits?

  • All twists are great for massaging internal organs, stimulating digestion and helping with our body’s natural detoxification process

  • De-stress and unwind – the process of compression and release gets those happy feelings flowing!

  • Challenges stability and opens the chest

  • Strengthens back, legs and glutes

Caution: As always, only practice postures which are safe for your body. Give this one a miss if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or if you have a back injury please consultant your yoga instructor.

If you’ve found this useful, feel free to share and spread the twisty vibes :-)


Jayne x

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