Our bodies all have an in-built capability of self-cleansing and detoxing which is often done automatically without us noticing it. But when we are overloaded with toxins or our organs are not working properly, the natural functions of our body to get rid of toxins weakens. This can be due to a lack of movement or other factors.
Thanks to Christmas, New Year and holiday season, most of us feel motivated to give our bodies a boost by doing some extra moves, drinking green juices and eating healthy food. But better than that, we can complement our yoga practice with a few extra poses to support our bodies’ natural ability to detox.
Especially twists, revolving poses and inversions are really helpful in getting rid of all the toxins in the body. The poses improve the blood flow, digestion, spinal health, our hormonal balance and overall energy. This supports our body to reset and give it a fresh boost.
Here are the 5 best detox yoga poses for your next practice. To help detoxing your body without the need to stress yourself with annoying diets and exhausting workouts in overladed gyms.
1. Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana)
Revolved triangle pose is done by standing with straight legs while twisting our upper body and bending forward which requires balance and flexibility. But at the same time, the pose helps to increase your ability to balance and flexibility of your spine. Revolved triangle pose stretches the legs and groins, opens the chest, shoulders and gives your lungs a lift.
Major benefits that come with the pose is an increase of energy and focus, a relieve of stress and tension, a greater flexibility of the spine, better digestion and an elimination of toxins in the whole body.
Twist safely by inhaling and lengthening the spine first, before going into the rotation. Engage your core and start the twist from the lower spine working your way up. Always be careful or avoid the pose when you have injuries with your lower back, knee or ankle. Feel what is best for your body.
2. Three Legged Dolphin Pose (Catur Svanasana)
Three legged dolphin pose is performed in prone position and involves an inversion and forward bend of the body. It increases blood flow throughout the body and improves digestion.
Lift one leg high while holding your dolphin pose with your forearms resting on the ground for an extra boost of energy, confidence, fun and blood circulation.
3. Revolved Chair Pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana)
Revolved chair pose strengthens and tones your legs and hips while simultaneously opening your chest and gently massaging your abdominal organs. Mindfully use your breath to expand your ribcage and flush your body with fresh oxygen with every inhale. Then, deepen your twist with every exhale.
Through breath and that deep rotation of the spine, your inner organs like the heart, liver and spleen are getting massaged and blood circulation is being improved.
Your digestion, respiratory and lymphatic system will highly benefit from this pose.
4. Half Lord of the Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose helps with gaining flexibility in the spine, chest and shoulders while at the same time stimulating digestion.
As we slowly twist and breath our way deeper into the pose, our abdominal organs and connective tissue are being massaged and firmly compressed. When releasing the twist, blood and lymphatic flow is being increased. Just imagine a sponge which, when squeezed, releases all of its accumulated metabolic waste products: It gets receptive again to soak up fresh fluids.
When done carefully working with your breath, you can get really deep in this beneficial pose.
5. Revolved reclining Hand to big Toe Pose (Supta Parivrtta Padangusthasana)
Revolved Hand to big Toe Pose (Sanskrit: Supta Parivrtta Padangusthasana) is a reclining pose done lying on the floor and practiced mostly in the closing of a yoga class. It is also a great Yin Yoga Pose as releasing and letting go of tightness in the muscles and tissue plays a much bigger role than strength and activity.
Supta Parivrtta Padangusthasana allows a deep stretch of your hamstrings and IT band, while at the same time twisting your torso and opening your chest and shoulders. A gentle massage of your abdominal organs promotes a digestive cleanse and purification as well.