Twisting at the waist creates mobility in the spine, energizes the body, and aids in digestion. These are just a few of the many benefits this simple movement offers.
In this four-and-a-half-minute standing twist video, Mary Horne, Yoga Teacher from Central Arkansas VA, guides a moving meditation practice that is gentle enough for everyone. This series is guided as a standing posture but can easily done in an armless chair, too.
Twisting our bodies has us looking behind and then forward again. Do you spend too much time looking behind and not enough time looking toward the future? We can spend a lot of time examining the past, and wondering, “What if?” And while we can’t change the past, we can bring ourselves into the present moment to examine what we want for our future. Check out this video to learn about Whole Health, learn about what matters most to you, and to setting goals for the next phase of your life.
If you are feeling all “twisted up” inside, VA offers many resources that can help you: https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/self_help.asp.
These self-help materials provide education about mental health conditions as well as tips and coping strategies for success in regaining wellness. Although not a substitute for direct mental health care, these materials can support and enhance care. This brief guide lists a variety of books, web-resources, and mobile applications that have been reviewed and used by VA experts.
Andrea Young is a Field Implementation Team Consultant with the VHA Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation