A Yoga Detox for the Mind & Body: Part 2, Yoga Twists for Detoxing

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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.


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 Twist

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.


 Boat Twist

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.


Spinal Twist

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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6 thoughts on “A Yoga Detox for the Mind & Body: Part 2, Yoga Twists for Detoxing

    HealthyMasters said:
    May 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I SOOO need this!! Thank you!!!

      bepresentyoga responded:
      May 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks for commenting! I’m so happy it helps! You made my day😀!!!

    Lauren Keating said:
    June 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Didn’t know that yoga could help detox the body! Makes perfect sense. You look so good in your demonstrations! I will have to try these movies!

      bepresentyoga responded:
      June 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      I know! I think moving and exercise in general are great for assisting with detox but these poses will definitely help 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed and thank you!

        Lauren Keating said:
        June 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm

        For sure! Looking forward to trying these moves

    Gaining Speed | nylifesupply said:
    June 11, 2014 at 2:30 am

    […] I came back home and did a few more squats before stretching again. I tried Be Present Yoga’s […]

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