Yoga is my healthy addiction for SO many reasons. One of the biggest benefits is that it gives me an opportunity to get fit AND do yoga poses to detox my body naturally. Being that I’ve been on prescription medicines daily for nearly a decade and love to occasionally drink scotch, my poor liver needs all the help it can get in keeping the toxic sludge to the curb, so in researching ways to accomplish this, I’ve found these poses to be the most helpful. Be sure to click on the name of the pose to be taken to instructions on executing each asana (pose) correctly! Keep in mind that I’m not a yoga instructor, although I might like to be one someday, so if you have any questions seek one out! Also, just to make you feel right at home, I left the laundry that needs to be folded on the couch… for that stressed-out mom vibe.
Let’s get started on my favorite yoga poses to detox our bodies!
Wide-Leg Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)
Reverses gravity and forces blood to circulate throughout the body. Folding action aids the digestive system by squeezing and massaging the organs around. Also gets things flowing in your lymphatic system!
One-Legged Down Dog (Eka Pada Adho Mukha)
An inversion like this gets the head below the heart and increases good blood circulation and shakes up the lymphatic flow as well.
Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
This pose allows you to stretch and work your minor chest muscles into greater flexibility. Camel increases the range of motion in your shoulders and neck, allowing a release of restrictions that may have restricted your respiratory system. Better breathing will allow the old air and toxins to leave your body more rapidly.
Seated Spinal Twist/ Half Lord of the Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrāsana)
The twisting aids in stimulating the good ole digestive system, which means more waste will be purged from your precious body! Take it as deep as you feel comfortable doing, and over time your ability to twist farther will increase, or at least mine has. This can help with disc compression from time and age by stimulating the discs to hydrate them.
Supported Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana)
Inversions rock for so many reasons: by bringing the head below the heart they eases fatigue, boosts the immune system, and promotes good blood circulation. This pose, along with Plow (halasana) are a great combo for getting this job done.
This pose is fantastic for strengthening your back muscles, but also puts pressure on your belly which, again, will stimulate your digestive organs and encourage them to give the nastiness in your body ‘the boot’. It aids in stretching out the pectoralis minor, which will give you the freedom of flexibility it your chest and back.
Wheel Pose (Chakrasana)
Opens up your heart and lungs, helping the respiratory system to purge toxins and take in new oxygen to be pumped through your body’s cardiovascular system.
Reclined Spinal Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)
In twisting the spine you are wringing out toxins from head to toe. This pose is great for aiding sluggish digestion, boosting energy, and expanding stifled breathing.
Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana)
The twisting motion aids digestive issues like constipation and increases oxygen intake for the lungg through the chest expansion.