When you think about detoxing your body, juice cleanses and other concoctions may immediately come to mind. You can leave those cleanses at the store and grab your yoga mat instead because yoga can also help to detox your body. Here’s how…
Yoga poses that involve twists help to get the blood flowing to key organs like the liver, gallbladder, and stomach. When this happens, fresh blood gets into those organs, helping to rejuvenate them and make you feel better in the process.
Any type of bending poses bending forward or back can put a healthy amount of pressure on your stomach area, helping you get rid of unwanted waste and toxins. Poses that involve inversions drain lymph fluids from your legs and help to redistribute them to the rest of your body, giving your immune system a boost.
Keeping all of that in mind, here are four yoga poses to try if you want a little detox.
Revolved Chair Pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana)
This pose detoxes your body by stimulating the liver, spleen, and digestive system. When you breathe during this pose, you’re also helping to lower stress.
Bring your feet either hip-width apart or together. Bend your knees like you’re sitting in a chair. Bring your hands together in the middle of your heart before bringing one elbow to the opposite knee. Press your palms together firmly and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold for up to one minute before releasing.
Shoulder Stand Pose (Sarvangasana)
Like any other inverted pose, shoulder stand pose is great for circulation. It also helps to drain accumulated lymph fluid from the legs and upper body.
Lie on the floor with your legs back over your head. Bring your hands to either side of your spine and slowly bend both your knees. Push your feet into the air. Lift your knees, bring your belly toward your spine and keep your legs straight. Look towards your toes. When you’re ready to release, lower down slowly.
Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
Locust pose helps your body detox by putting pressure on your abdomen which encourages better digestion.
Start with your arms by your side and your palms facing the floor. Stretch your legs straight behind you with the tops of your feet on the mat. Bring your forehead or chin to the mat.
As you inhale, lift your head, chest, and arms off the floor. Keep your shoulder blades down and lift your knees off the floor. Keep your gaze on the floor in front of you. Stay in the pose for three to five breaths. As you exhale, release down to the floor.
Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana)
Stretch your chest, lungs, and spine as you energize your body and reduce stress.
Stand with your feet about three feet apart. Your right foot should be pointed forward while your left foot is turned out about 90 degrees. Make sure your hips are squared to the front towards your right leg. Draw your right hip back and left forward.
Bring the left hand to the inside or outside of the right foot. Twist to the right and reach your right hand toward the sky. Look at your right fingertips. Draw your shoulder blades down, and try to stay here for five deep breaths. Inhale and slowly come back to standing before repeating on the other side.
Like most yoga poses, these will help to lower stress and improve your quality of sleep. Plus, these poses will speed up the detoxing of your body so you can feel better and reboot! It’s the perfect time to give them a try!