Yoga moves to detox? It sounds a little well, odd, and I know you’re probably asking, can yoga really help me detox my body? Our bodies are amazing and they are designed to detox themselves however, yoga can assist in that process by stimulating blood flow and boosting our heart rate. By adding twisting poses to our practice it stimulates our digestive system and help us to eliminate toxins and impurities. To truly detox you have to combine all components including healthy eating, yoga and mindfulness to create a healthy optimal lifestyle.
LET’S DETOX & TWIST
Warm up with several sun salutations before beginning these poses. If you need an example see “This Ain’t Your Mama’s Yoga Class” at http://outdooryogi.wordpress.com Challenge yourself to hold these poses for 30-90 seconds per side.
Downward Facing Dog Twist
Begin in your downward facing dog and walk your hands back toward your feet to reach your right hand to your left leg and switch.
Warrior I Twist
Warrior I lunge, bring the back knee in and you may even want to bend it a little and twist your upper body towards the opposite side.
Chair Pose Twist
Chair Pose, sitting back into an invisible chair. Keeping the knees centered and aligned, twisting to the right side first and opening up the arms. Another option is to place the hands on the leg or bring the hands into a prayer pose, elbow to the outside of the knee.
Pyramid pose, stepping back from forward fold about 1/2 way, not the full distance of a lunge, feet are pointed forward, hinging from the hips, lengthening the spine. Use a block if you need to, as demonstrated. Place the opposite hand on your leg or lift up towards the sky.
Revolved Half Moon Balance
Balancing and pressing your weight into the left foot, reach the right hand to the block as the right leg reaches back, parallel to the floor. Option to bring the left hand and place it on the thigh/hip or reach it up to the sky.
Begin seated in boat pose and reach the arms out in front switch the arms and legs back and forth twisting to each side. Option to hold or flow this pose back and forth.
Lying flat, hug the right knee in and slowly take it across the body. Keep the knee bent or extend the leg as shown. Shoulders remain on the mat and looking in the opposite direction to intensify the twist.
Enjoy these rockin’ twists! Next Thursday, the third and final Part 3: Mindful Meditation will bring you meditation tips and practices that you can incorporate into your daily routine. Until next time, send me any thoughts or questions.
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