You can give your body a good detox without buying stock at your local cold-pressed juice joint. How so? Yoga. Yoga has many wonderful benefits and helping detox your body is one of the best.
Not only can the meditation and relaxation help detoxify your mind, the physical aspects of yoga can help detoxify your body and help aid in digestion as well.
Here are 5 yoga moves you can do tonight to help:
1. Sarvangasana "Shoulder Stand Pose"
Start by laying flat on the floor. Bring your legs back over your head. Use your hands to support either side of the spine and slowly bring your legs to the sky. If this sounds like a bit too much use a block or towel and place underneath the base of your spine, allowing that to support your legs. Either way-this inverted position allows your legs and upper body drain accumulated lymph fluid.
2. Parivrtta Utkatasana "Revolved Chair Pose"
Start by standing and bringing your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees as if you are sitting on a chair. Bring your hands together 🙏 at your chest and once you are balanced, bring one elbow to the opposite knee, keeping your hands pressed together. This move stimulates the liver, spleen and digestive system.
3. Salabhasana "Locust"
This pose helps strengthen your back and puts pressure on your abdomen to encourage digestion. Start by laying on your stomach with your legs together. Place your arms by your sides with your palms facing the sky. As you inhale, lift your legs and upper body off the floor. As you breath, try to extend your head away from your toes to lengthen your spine as much as possible. Hold for 3 to 5 deep breaths then release, resting your head with your cheek to the mat. Rest then repeat.
4. Ardha Pavanamuktasana "Half Wind Relieving Pose"
This move is a great way to loosen up back tension and massage organs that help aid in digestion. Lie flat on your back, let your legs extend so they are flat on the floor as well. Starting with one leg at a time, bring the leg toward your chest interlace your fingers behind the thigh. Hugging the leg toward your chest stimulates abdomen and digestive organs. Relax and breath deeply. Repeat with the other leg.
5. Savasana "Corpes Pose"
Rest is key for proper digestion and what better way than a 5-20 minute rest in corpse pose. Savasana is super easy and requires zero athletic ability. Just lay on your back, arms at your side, palms to the sky, and let your body relax. All you have to worry about is breathing in and breathing out. For added relaxation, cover your eyes with a towel. Annnnnd goodnight.
Remember to focus on your breathing while doing each of the above poses. Healthy, deep breathing encourages the body to eliminate carbon dioxide, lactic acid, lymphatic fluid, and other toxins.