When it comes to detoxing, we all know that what you put in your body and what you don’t put in your body is so important. What many of us seem to forget is that the way you move your body can also play a big part in detoxing. Yoga is an amazing tool for stimulating your digestive system. It goes beyond just physical detoxification by giving you an opportunity to clear out mentally and emotionally as well.
I’ve put together a few poses that will aid in detoxing by stimulating your digestive system. Remember as you move through some or all of these poses that the most important part of your practice is breath!
Childs Pose: Bring your big toes to touch and take your knees wide. Rest your forehead down on your mat and walk your hands to the top of your mat. Soften every muscle in your body and let yourself be completely supported by the floor. Take 5 – 10 deep breaths. Let go of the thoughts in your head and presence yourself to the moment.
Downward Facing Dog: From Childs Pose, come up to tabletop on your hands and knees. With your toes curled under, lift your tailbone up to the ceiling. Drop your head and set your eyes at the back of your mat. Energetically draw your heels towards the floor but don’t worry if they don’t actually touch your mat! Press your hands down into your mat and take 5 – 10 deep breaths.
Vinyasa: Take 5 Sun Salutations to establish a deeper connection to your breath and build heat in your body.
Twisting Crescent Lunge: From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot forward. Keep your left heel lifted at the back of your mat. Reach your arms up over your head on your inhale. Exhale your hands to heart center. Breathe in and lean forward. Exhale twist your left elbow to your right thigh. Engage your core. Lift your chest off of your leg. Take 5 – 10 breaths.
Prayer Twist: From Twisting Crescent Lunge, look down at your right big toe. Keeping the twist, slowly step your left foot forward to meet your right. With your big toes touching, squeeze your legs together. Pull your belly in and lift your chest. With your inhale lengthen your spine and with your exhale twist deeper. Take 5 – 10 breaths.
Vinyasa to Downward Facing Dog. Repeat Twisting Crescent lunge and Prayer Twist on the Left side.
Twisting Triangle: From Downward Facing Dog, Step your right foot half way up your mat. Spin your left foot on an angle and root your heel down into the floor. Breathe in and lengthen your spine. Take your left hand to a block on the outside of your right foot. Take your right hand to your low back with your elbow pointing right up to the ceiling. As you inhale reach the crown of your head forward. As you exhale twist. Take 5 breaths here with the option of extending your right arm up.
Vinyasa to Downward Facing Dog. Repeat Twisting Triangle on the Left side.
Supine Twist: From Downward Facing Dog, walk your feet forward and roll onto your back. Hug both knees into your chest. Extend your arms out on either side of your mat. Drop your knees to the right and gaze to the left. Take 5 – 10 breaths. Switch sides.
Legs up the Wall: Bring your mat over to a wall and lie down with your sit bones as close to the wall as possible. Place a block underneath your sacrum. Extend your legs up the wall. Flex your feet. Let your arms fall out beside you with the palms of your hands facing up towards the ceiling. Close your eyes. You can place a towel over your eyes if you like! This is your final resting pose. Stay here for 5 – 10 minutes or as long as you want!
- Jenn Dwyer
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