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Use the Yoga Windshield Wipers Exercise 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

Here is a video for visual learners.

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About Sarah Stockett

Hi! I'm Sarah, and I'm a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a passion for pain relief. When I'm not working with clients, I'm researching the best ways to get rid of pain. Do you want to learn how to practice yoga and Pilates safely in your own home? Or, do you want to know all my tips and tricks for pain relief? Join my mailing list and receive free goodies to help you.

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