Twists are sprinkled throughout the yoga practice to help strengthen the waist, massage the digestive system, and create balance in the body. Twists can actually grow you taller in the torso if done properly. In this short video, follow along as Jessica Walden, an Ashtanga Yoga practitioner and teacher based in Encinitas, California, illustrates the power of twisting. Regardless of background or experience, these seated twists work well in sequence or as stand-alone postures to create a sense of calm and rootedness in the body.