Reclined Spinal Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana) Variation with a Block

Reclined Spinal Twist pose (Supta Matsyendrasana) stretches the lower back, shoulders, and spine, helping to improve posture. It improves digestion and can help to quiet the mind.

Placing a block under the hip helps students who may have tightness in the shoulders to be more comfortable in this pose.

Reclined Spinal Twist with a Block: How to Do it Step-by-Step

Step 1

Start in Elevated Big Toe Stretch.

Step 2

Turn the right foot so that the toes are facing the right side, with the sole of the foot against the wall. Let the knee and hips follow, adjusting the block if necessary to support the right hip.

Step 3

Bring your left leg over to the right side and hold it with your right hand, with the knee straight or bent. If it can’t touch the floor, place another block under it.

Step 4

Stretch the left arm out to the side and gaze over the left fingers. Stay here for 1-5 minutes, then repeat on the opposite side.