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Which Way Should I Twist First to Aid Digestive Cleansing?

Helgrid Randolph, a Denver-based Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher, offers advice on proper twisting protocol.

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Helgrid Randolph, a Denver-based Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher, offers advice on proper twisting protocol.

Answer: To the right.

Twisting helps move stool through your colon, which contains four main parts: the ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, and sigmoid colon, all named for the way your colon moves waste toward your rectum.

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An initial twist to the right widens the ascending colon, which gets stool moving up and across the transverse colon. Then, a twist left encourages stool to move down the descending colon, into the sigmoid colon, and toward elimination.

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