Windshield Wiper Legs to Reset Your Nervous System

windshield wiper legsWhen you twist, you reset your central nervous system. It’s almost like hitting a reset button for your brain. Unfortunately, in yoga, some of the twists are so deep that many average people cannot complete them correctly. This can lead to injury and pain, and it gives people the idea that twisting is bad for the spine. Windshield wiper legs, however, is a yoga twist appropriate for people of all levels.

If you Google Windshield wiper legs or Windshield wiper yoga, you will probably find a picture of Knee-down twist with both legs stacked on top of each other. This is not what I’m talking about. By putting space between the legs, it’s more likely to perform this pose correctly and provide relief for your back and nervous system.

Windshield Wiper Legs

  1. Begin on your back with your feet to the outside edges of your mat.
  2. Slightly turn out your feet.
  3. Broaden your collarbones and reach your arms straight out like a “t.” Slide your shoulder blades down your back as you bend your elbows and rest the backs of your hands on the mat. This arm pose is frequently called Cactus.
  4. Let both knees lower to the right as you turn your head to the left.
  5. Come back to center.
  6. Lower your knees to the left as you turn your head to the right.
  7. Come back to center.
  8. Do several sets of this at whatever speed and with whatever breathing style feels right.

Windshield Wiper Legs Video

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Here is a video for visual learners.

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Sarah Stockett is STOTT certified in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, Injuries & Special Populations, and CORE; a Yoga Alliance RYT-200; and has studied Active Isolated Stretching. When she is not trying to discover the best exercises to get rid of pain, she likes watching movies and travelling with her family.

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