5 Best Yoga Poses For Detoxifying Your Body
If you’re feeling sluggish, demotivated, and just plain blegh, then it’s very likely that your body is telling you that it is in desperate need of a detox. Sometimes we just need to hit the reset button and give our bodies a boost in the right direction. This means we need to spend some time focusing on eating healthier foods (think lots of fruit and veg), we need to increase our water intake, and last but not least, we need to exercise. This is where yoga steps in.
Our lymphatic systems are the parts of our bodies that help to rid us of toxins, waste, and other nasties that we don’t want floating around. When we follow an unhealthy lifestyle, however, the tissues and organs that make up our lymphatic systems cannot cope with the “workload”. This is why we start feeling horrid after a weekend of binging or relying on fast-food to sustain us. While dieting and increasing our water consumption will help, exercising is what will make all the difference. Yoga is especially great for stimulating lymph nodes and gearing them back into action.
Grab a comfy pair of yoga pants and get ready to try out these detoxifying yoga poses that will leave you feeling great!
Seated Spinal Twist Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
This pose literally helps you to twist and squeeze toxins away. The Ardha Matsyendrasana encourages the elimination of waste and it’s also a great go-to position if you’re battling with digestion.
How to do it:
- Start in a seated position and then extend your legs in front of you.
- Bend your right knee and then lift your right leg over your left leg, placing it so that your outer ankle is next to your left knee.
- Now, place your right arm behind your back so that your palm is pressing into your mat with your fingers pointing outwards.
- Next, take your left elbow and place it on your outer right knee – this will deepen the twist.
- Lengthen through your spine as you inhale and deepen your twit as you exhale.
- Switch to the other side and repeat these actions.
Tip: Look over your right shoulder to help you deepen your twist and give your lymphatic system the stretch it’s been yearning for.
Heron Pose (Krounchasana)
The Heron Pose is an intense hamstring stretch, but it also tones abdominal organs and promotes healthy digestion. This position requires a lot of balance but the sensation is simply delightful.
How to do it:
- Begin in a seated position with your legs fully extended and feet close together.
- Bend your right knee and bring your leg back so that your calf lies next to your thigh.
- As you exhale, bend your left knee and bring it towards your chest.
- Grab your left foot with both your hands and then extend your leg upwards and outwards.
- Stretch through your body as you breathe and hold the pose.
- Swap sides and repeat these steps.
Tip: If you battle to reach your foot when your leg is extended, use a towel or a rubber strap as an aid.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
This invigorating pose is a beautiful way to open your chest and to “just breathe”. As you hold the Cobra position you will feel pressure on your stomach. This pressure encourages digestion and stimulates the release of toxins.
How to do it:
- Lie on your belly with your forehead on your mat.
- Place your feet together so that your toes are touching.
- Place your palms on your mat and slightly bend your elbows – your fingertips should be in line with your shoulders.
- Press your feet and pelvis into the ground as you squeeze your buttocks and raise your shoulders until they are behind your ears.
- Now, lift your head and chest.
- Hold this position for as long as you can.
Tip: Correct breathing methods can also help with a detox, so use this pose to open your chest and kick your lungs back into action.
Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
The Dhanurasana is similar to the Cobra Pose in that it also stimulates your digestive area. If you are looking for a pose that will help you to remember to breathe in a fast-paced life, then the Bow position will do the trick!
How to do it:
- Lie flat on your stomach and place your forehead on the floor.
- Bend both of your knees so that your toes are pointing upwards.
- Move your arms back and grab your ankles.
- Lift your head, chest, and thighs off the ground.
- As you inhale and exhale your body will create a soft rocking motion.
- Lengthen through your belly, chest, and legs as you hold this position.
Tip: Use two yoga mats instead of one if you feel that the ground is too hard on your abdominals and ribcage.
Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
A slightly more challenging pose, the Cow Face really twists and stretches your body so that all of the organs in the lymphatic system are stimulated. With a comfy pair of yoga shorts, you’ll be wrapped into this blissful position in no time.
How to do it:
- Start in the seated position.
- Keeping your left leg tucked in at the bottom, cross your right leg over the top and rest the side of your right foot on the ground.
- Move your grounded feet as close to your hips as you can.
- Raise your right arm over your head and place your palm on your back.
- Use your left arm to grab your right hand, so that both arms are behind your back.
- Interlace your fingers if you can (if your fingertips are touching then this is OK too).
- Lengthen through your spine as you hold this position.
Tip: If you really battle to connect your left and right hand, you can use a strap or towel to bear some of the burden.