Postural Inspiration – The Twisting Horse

This version of the twisting horse stance has to be one of my all time favorite standing postures.  I like it because the wide stance makes the posture feel very stable, and the twist created by pressing outward with one hand and downward with the other feels absolutely incredible.  The posture, (which seems to be a hybrid of a classical martial arts posture applied to yoga) increases spinal rotation, builds some serious strength in the legs, and quickly increases flexibility in the muscles of the inner thighs (adductors).

Getting tired of doing the triangle and revolving side angle all the time in your vinyasa classes?  The next time you get to the twisty portion of your standing pose sequence, give this one a try for variety!

Kevan Gale Demonstrating the Twisting Horse Stance

What’s your favorite standing pose?

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