Detox is something that the human body does naturally. There are different ways one can detox, the easiest way to detox is to eat natural foods and practice detox yoga poses. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs activate the body’s organs responsible for ridding of toxins and rejuvenation. Yoga is also a great way to detox by manipulating the body in poses that engages detoxification every day.
The body has three main systems used to detox and eliminate wastes. The body uses the digestive, circulatory, and the lymphatic system to cleanse. The circulatory system pumps and distributes blood, delivers oxygen and carries waste away from cells.The digestive system processes the food we eat, and separates the waste from the nutrients and eliminates what the body does not need. The lymphatic system removes anything harmful at the lymph nodes before lymphatic fluid is returned to the bloodstream. Although your body knows what it’s doing, it’s great to assist the process by doing detox yoga poses and eating well.
Yogic breathing stimulates the digestive system, and calms the body & mind. Try these detox yoga poses to assist the body to detox.
Marichyasana III: Seated twist
Benefits: Stimulates digestion by squeezing the abdominal organs and stimulates elimination.
Sit up tall with straight legs. Bend you right knee and place the sole of your right foot on the ground by your sitting bone. Walk your right hand on the floor behind your back support. Lift your ribcage up by stretching your left hand up strongly and then rotate your torso to the right. Bring your left elbow to the outside of your right knee. Breathe 5 deep breathes twisting deeper with each exhale. Drshti or your glance should be set softly over your right shoulder. Repeat on other side.
Benefits: Aids circulation of blood and lymphatic system but reversing the pull of gravity, getting the heart higher than the head. Gently tones the abdomen, stimulating the digestion system.
Begin on all fours, pressing your hands and knees softly into the floor. Tuck your toes and begin to straighten your legs straight by lifting your knees pressing your heels in to the ground. Press your hands and heels into the ground in opposition and lift your sitting bones up while pressing your thighs and lift the tailbone toward the ceiling. Let the head hang and release and stay in this pose for 5 deep breathes.
Legs up the wall pose
Benefits: Soothes the nervous system and encourages circulation of blood and lymph from the legs.
Sit in front of a wall with your left hip and shoulder touching the wall. Bend your knees and roll onto your right side so that your sits bones are touching the wall and your legs are against it as well. Extend your legs and rest your arms on your belly following your breathe. Sit in the pose for atlas 10 deep breathes.
Twisted Chair pose
Benefits: Like a sponge, this pose wrings and twists out old blood and fluids from the abdominal organs allowing freshly oxygenated blood when you in-wind.
Start at mountain pose standing tall with the inner sides of your feet touching. Inhale and bend your knees and come into chair pose. Keeping your knees pressed against each other, as you exhale fold your palms together in prayer hands, Anjali Mudra, and twist to the right, placing your elbow to the outside of your knees. Stay there for three breathes and repeat on the other side.