Sufi grind, it can also have other names, like spinal rotation, is a yoga pose that affect your lower chakras (the yogic energy system). It has a calming effect since it affect the adrenals from a yogic perspective in the MediYoga tradition. It also gives your hips and lower spine/back a nice massage and I find it a very meditative exercise. What it is most well known for is the effect on the digestion. Digestion is so important for our health and having a bad digestion can have a huge impact and make life more difficult than it should be.
If you have problems with constipation you can do the Sufi Grind longer. Doing it as long as 10-15 minutes each direction is no problem, just listen to what your body needs. Try to do the pose every day for at least one month to have really good results. As many things in yoga it is about repetition to create a new habit and noticing the best benefits from the practice.
Another version of the Sufi Grind is to inhale deeply and while holding the breath in, start to do the Sufi grind in one direction as long as you can hold the breath in. When you need to exhale, you exhale and inhale again, hold the breath and rotate in the other direction. Continue a couple of laps.
Please watch the video for more instructions on how to do the Sufi Grind.
I´d love to hear from you! Have you tried it? Does it work for you?
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”