Seated Yoga Guidelines
Remember toilet yoga can be done anytime you are sitting down, whether on the couch or in a chair, or especially when traveling in a car, bus, or airplane.
Be gentle on your body! Start slowly and gently, and stop if it hurts. It should feel like a good, soft stretch. Being consistent breeds flexibility and results. Pushing yourself too hard only brings injuries!
Always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Falling off the toilet and hitting your head can be life-threatening, so if you think you can’t do the pose or you might lose your balance, please don’t try the pose, or ask for help from a friend that doesn’t mind the smell.
Trillions of people all over the country suffer from sciatic nerve pain. (OK maybe hundreds. Or thousands.) A LOT of people. Well, this one’s for you Dolly. 😉
This is a slightly advanced form of “Do The Twist,”, and takes more balance. If you can’t do it, don’t do it! I don’t want anyone falling off the toilet and getting a concussion, laying there with no one to call 911, dying alone, their limp body decays slowly only to be found 3,000 years later during the excavations of the detached island of Los Angeles.
So if this is too advanced, don’t do it please. 🙂
You are going to open your lower back (lumbar spine), AND your SI joints (sacro-iliac joints), which are located right next to the top of your butt-crack, on both sides. (Sorry, your “gluteal cleft” BORING).
You are also going to be stretching out the lower back muscles, “BUTTOCK” muscles, and the “prififormis” muscle, which is super important in low back pain that is deep in the buttock, like sciatica.
You will also see the benefits in increasing, again, circulation to all of the lower abdominal organs, helping with kidney function, colon function, and sex hormones and sex function.
Toilet Yoga: The Sciatic Twist
- Sit down on the toilet when you are ready to enjoy your toilet time.
- Cross your right leg over your left. Touch your right ankle area to your left knee.
- Grab your right knee with your left hand, and gently pull it to the left.
- Use your right hand to push gently on any wall around you, or the shower door, or even the back of the toilet, deepening the stretch.
- Breathe deeple. Lengthen the spine as you inhale. Go gently deeper into the stretch with each exhale.
- Take 3 deep breaths.
- Switch legs and repeat in the opposite direction.
If you don’t have the balance, please try the other simpler moves. Don’t fall please. Do Toilet Yoga at your own risk! Although I think overall it’s pretty safe.
Cheers to twisted bowel movements!
P.S. Alright! It may seem silly, but toilet yoga really works! Just do 1 pose for 1 minute every time you sit on the toilet. The easiest one or the one you like the most. You’re sitting there anyway! 😉
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