Detoxify On Your Mat

»Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Being weighed down by stress plus an unhealthy lifestyle due to a busy schedule? Slacking on work or studies? Drained upon waking up? This could mean that your body and mind are in need of a detoxification. Detoxification doesn’t always have to be rough. Yoga postures or “asanas” can easily help to strengthen, rejuvenate and detoxify the body. Strike a pose and be cleansed!

The following poses will stretch and strengthen the muscles, stimulate the liver, kidneys and pancreas, and will cleanse the mind through breathing and meditation.

Wide-Angled Forward Bend. This pose stimulates the lymphatic system with the help of gravity, promoting better flow of blood in the body, releases tension on the hamstrings and boosts metabolism.

How: Begin with placing your feet at least four feet apart with the heels slightly turned out. Stand upright, bring your hands behind and interlace your fingers pressing your palms together. Inhale as you fill your lungs and breathe out as you fold forward from the waist, allowing your arms to stretch, lengthening the spine. Stay in this pose for 3-5 breaths and gently stand back up.

Eagle Pose. Garudasana opens the shoulders, upper back and hips. It also stretches the calves and ankles. This pose stimulates circulation of blood in the legs, draining the lymph nodes.

How: Stand straight. Lift your right foot, bending your knee and allow your right leg to wrap around your left leg, resting the back of your right thigh on your left leg, and lock your right foot on your left hamstring. Cross your arms by the elbows with the right arm on top with the palms pressing against each, pointing upward.

Revolved Chair Pose. This posture stimulates the digestive system, liver and spleen while strengthening the core. It also helps mobilize and strengthen the vertebrae and spine.

How: Feet together and squat like sitting at 90 degrees. Make sure that your knee alignment won’t pass through your feet. Press your palms together in prayer and inhale, filling the lungs. Exhale as you twist your body, placing the left elbow against the right knee. Stay in this position for 5 breaths and deepen the twist every time you breathe out. Exhale and stand up to release. Do the same technique on the other side.

Shoulder Stand. Inverted poses drains the lymph nodes and promotes better blood circulation with the help of gravity. Shoulder stand is a great finishing pose in a session. It draws the blood towards the heart to be cleansed and oxygenated.

How: Start by lying on the ground. Breathe in and lift both your legs upward and exhale as you bring them over your head. Place your hands on the upper back for support. Inhale and extend on leg up and breathe out as you lift the other. Press through the arms and shoulders and tighten your core to straighten the legs and keep it aligned with the lower body. Focus your gaze at your big toes and hold for few breaths. Exhale lower your feet over the head and all the way back to the starting pose to release.

Yoga is known as a natural way to promote wellbeing. It is open to anyone who wants to experience transformation in their mind and body. It challenges you physically while slowly opening your mind to new possibilities, instilling composure and cleansing the soul. Always move with awareness and good intentions.

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