5 best Detox Yoga Poses to clean your Body

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.

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1. Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana)

Revolved Triangle Detox Yoga

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 Yoga Detox

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)

Yoga Detox Sequence

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.

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The final Pose – why Savasana really matters

Savasana is also called the ‘king pose’ of all asanas. It’s said to be the most important pose in yoga.

Many of us do have like a love-hate relationship with Savasana: From the outside, it looks like Savasana is nothing more than a well-deserved resting pose in the end of a yoga practice. We’re entering a moment where sweat starts to dry, where the heartbeat slows down, where muscles are getting tired due to heaps of sun salutations, high planks and downward facing dogs.
Then, our practice comes to an end. We are entering Savasana. It all seems so easy but yet so many of us struggle with the final pose in yoga, named as corpse pose or Savasana.

Lying still for a few minutes after a yoga class full of asanas – for many students it’s the easiest and hardest part at once.

Why is Savasana so hard to practice for many of us?

As soon as we enter Savasana, closing our eyes and trying to be still for a moment, our thoughts are kicking in with all power. Instead of being present in the moment, our brain is getting really creative in keeping us busy and distracting us from finding stillness.

Of course, there are so many things to be concerned about in Savasana. Thoughts are coming up like ‘I can’t wait to finally having my breakfast. I feel like I’m starving’. Then we judge ourselves thinking ‘why didn’t I reach the floor with my whole palm in this practice?’, or getting upset with things happening around us like ‘why is the breath of my neighbor so noisy?’, or ‘why is that little fly tickling my face now?’

Whatever it is… Our mind gets creative when it is supposed to be still. We feel stuck in a feedback loop of thoughts and judgement. And this is one of the main reasons why most of us struggle with Savasana.

How I discovered my Love for Savasana

Too often, I asked myself at the end of each class: ’Why do I need Savasana?’ I followed the instructions of my teacher because I didn’t want to refuse. All the other students in the yoga shala seemed like they were lying on their mats in serenity. And of course, I didn’t want to be the only one leaving the room, frustrated of not being able to survive those last ten minutes. But to be honest, I thought Savasana was useless. And as it was just part of the practice I surrendered to it and did what I have been asked to do.

To surrender was the one thing that I needed to learn. In Savasana, we are doing nothing from the outside. But just because it’s not visible, it doesn’t mean there is no deep work going on.

What I had to learn over time is that life isn’t just movement, strength, exercise, excitement and action. As in traditional Chinese Medicine, for every Yang side there is a Yin. For every motion, there is stillness. For every hold, there is release. For every fight, there is surrender. And for every life, there is death. This is where Savasana joins the game.
In Savasana, our practice comes to an end. It literally dies. We enter a state of surrendering, of finding relaxation, stillness and ease. Savasana provides a space for us to be still and lets our body process all the work that has been going on just a few minutes ago.

Being still for a moment allows our system to Integrate those information in order to make change and transformation happen.

How to practice Savasana?

In Savasana, there is no need to achieve something. On the contrary – the only thing you are meant to do here is to be present. It doesn’t mean you’re supposed to fall asleep. On the contrary – Savasana is there to be fully present in the moment.
To help you with Savasana, I’ve put together a few tips on how to keep your presence and how to tune into your body.

1. Breath

One method that helps you to stay in the present moment is to focus on your breath. Notice the air flowing in and out. Feel how your ribcage is lifting with every inhale and how your chest is lowering down with every exhale. Observe how it rejuvenates your mind, body and soul. Guide the air throughout your body: imagine how the fresh oxygen is being transported into your lungs, your blood vessels, and into your cells.

2. Focus on Sensations

Once you closed your eyes and found your stillness, start noticing what is happening in your body. Do you feel any heat, tingling, softness, ease or just liveliness?

Feel into those positive sensations and give them space to expand by paying attention to them. Feel them taking over your whole body and stay with that feeling for a while.

3. Relaxation

Intuitively choose an area or a muscle in your body which feels tight and calls for relaxation. It can be your shoulders, your neck or the space between your eyebrows for example.

Focus on that point and start guiding your breath into this area. With every inhale, expand the contracted muscles and with every exhale let go a little more: allow your shoulders or your neck to sink a bit deeper towards the ground while you’re breathing out. Allow the space between your eyebrows to become wider and soft.

Final Relaxation in Savasana – Benefits of corpse pose

Savasana complements the Yang part of our yoga practice with Yin. Without Savasana, our yoga practice wasn’t complete. Together, it represents the life circle of extension and compression, of inhaling and exhaling, of life and death. Savasana is the death of our practice, and gives space to what comes after.

I wish you a beautiful Savasana for your next yoga class.

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Marie Heintges is a yogi, writer and health passionate. She did her Yoga Teacher Training in Bali with Inner Yoga Training in May 2018.