Although the body has a complete set of systems to keep it healthy and clean internally, modern lifestyles and feeding habits have become extremely taxing on the digestive, circulatory and lymphatic systems. The results of this is an overwhelmed detoxification arsenal leading to chronic fatigue, stress and a host of medical conditions. It is no wonder that many people are searching for detoxification solutions. From changes in eating habits to consuming bitter herbal drinks; internal irrigation to essential oils. But without suggesting that these methods are effective or not, there is in yoga a detoxifying system that only involves your body, a mat, and the space around you.
In our discussion today, we look at 7 best yoga poses for detoxification.
Wind Relieving Pose/ Pavanamukthasana
Pavanamukthasana or the wind relieving yoga pose helps to detoxify the body by massaging the abdominal organs. This results to normalizing acid production, effectively regulating digestion and metabolism. It also relieves constipation, bloating and excess gas.
How To Get Into Pavanamukthasana
- Start by lying straight on your back, arms on the sides of the body and legs together and stretched out.
- Breathing slowly and deeply, bend legs at the knees and lift your knees towards the chest.
- Bring your arms up and clasp the fingers just below the knees.
- Let the front of your things exert pressure to your abdomen.
- Hold the pose for 1 to 2 minutes, inhaling and exhaling slowly throughout.
- Unclasp your fingers and lower your arms to your sides, and as you slowly exhale, lower your legs back to the ground.
- Continue breathing slowly as you rest for 15 seconds.
- Repeat the pose for 3 to 5 times.
Bow Pose / Sanscrit: Dhanurasana
Dhanurasana helps to strengthen the muscles of the abdomen by stretching. The bow pose also enables the abdomen, navel area and the internal organs to get a full massage that invigorates the digestive system and aids in detoxification. At the same time dhanurasana stretches the spine and spinal muscles thereby improving fitness.
The Right Way To Do Dhanurasana
- Start by first getting onto your knees.
- Stretch out and lie on your belly, arms stretched on the sides.
- Bend your legs at the knees and lift your lower legs into the air.
- Reach out backwards with your hands and hold your legs at the ankles.
- Stretch backwards by lifting your head, chest and thighs by the pulling action of the arms and lower legs.
- Hold the bow pose for one to two minutes, breathing slowly and deeply.
- Repeat the pose 3 to 5 times, taking 15-second breaks in between.
Side-to-side Chair Twists / Parivrtta Utkatasana
Parivrtta utkatasana works the lower back, hips, thighs and the chest thereby improving health and strength of the spine and the overall torso. At the same time, the side-to-side chair twists invigorate internal organs including the spleen and the liver and the digestive system in general, thereby clearing any blockage and aiding elimination.
The Right Way To Do Parivrtta Utkatasana
- Facing right ahead, stand comfortably on your mat with your hands on your sides.
- Now, bring your hands together in a prayerful pose and keep breathing slowly and deeply.
- Imagine there is a chair right behind you and slowly lower your hips into a sitting position, keeping your back straight and your hands in the prayerful position in front of your solar plexus.
- In this virtual sitting position, slowly twist your upper body to bring your right elbow to touch your left knee and hold briefly.
- Slowly get back to the untwisted position and then twist to the other side until your left elbow touches your right knee.
- Repeat the side-to-side chair twists 3 to 5 times.
Shoulder Stand/ Sarvangasana
Saryangasana, an inverted pose is perfect for improving drainage of lymph fluid from the legs and the rest of the body. This lymph fluid contains among other things, toxins, and is delivered back into the bloodstream for oxygenation by the lungs, cleansing and detoxifying by the liver and kidneys. The pose is a handy helper especially in today’s sedentary lifestyles.
The right way to do Sarvangasana
- Lie on your back with arms along the sides and legs straight ahead.
- With arms on the floor, lift your legs up and over your head so that most of the back is off the ground and the whole body is in a plow pose.
- Using your hands, support your back at the sides and slowly lift your legs into the air, keeping the upper arms firmly on the ground.
- Keep your back and legs as straight as possible and hold the pose for a minute.
- To come out of the pose, lower your legs towards the head, followed by lowering the hands to the floor. Now, bring the legs back up and then down to the original position.
Beloved Child’s Pose / Balasana
Balasana is a straightforward, gentle pose that helps massage internal organs thereby stimulating the digestive system and clearing any blockages. The beloved child’s pose releases mental and abdominal tensions. The overall result is the detoxifying and calming of body and mind.
The Right Way To Do Balasama
- Start by getting on your knees, feet stretched back.
- Lower your butts onto your heels and slowly bring down your face to the mat so that your abdomen is squeezing down on your thighs.
- Stretch your arms straight on either side of your head and hold the pose for two minutes.
- Repeat 5 to 10 times.
Cobra Pose / Bhujang Asana
As with other backwards bends, Bhujangasana is an important pose in detoxifying the body and improving posture. As the spine bends backwards in the cobra pose, the hip flexors are stretched as are the abdomen and chest, which helps improve flexibility and strength of the core. The pose also helps clear the airways which detoxifies the lungs.
The Right Way To Do Bhujang Asana
- Start by lying on your back, stretching your legs and feet straight so that your toes rest on the floor.
- Bring your hands up to your shoulders and slowly raise your upper body.
- Let your hands bear the weight of your upper body as you keep raising it until your arms are straight and close to your hips.
- Now you are in the cobra pose.
- Keep breathing slowly and deeply as you hold the pose for up to 1 minute.
- Get back onto the floor and repeat the pose 5 to 10 times.
Boat Pose / Naukasana
This forward bending pose helps to stretch the lower back while massaging the lower abdomen. This facilitates detoxification within the lower abdominal organs as well as releasing nervous tension.
The Right Way To Do Naukasana
- Start by lying down on your back, legs stretched straight and arms by your sides, palms down.
- Breathing in slowly, raise your straight legs up in the air.
- Now, slowly raise your arms without bending them, at the same time raising your upper body so that together with the legs, they form a ‘V’ supported on your butt.
- Remain in this pose for 10 to 20 seconds.
- Relax as you slowly get back on the floor.
- Repeat the pose 5 to 10 times, taking 10 to 15 second breaks in between.
These are 7 best yoga poses for detoxification. Which are your best?