Yoga Detox

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Cleansing the Body Through Yoga

By stretching and compressing parts of the body, yoga is an excellent adjunct to natural cleansing and detox. In addition to the body being pulled, twisted, upended, and turned by way of yoga poses, yoga breathing plays a part in detoxification, as it enhances posture and allows the lungs to inflate more fully, taking in more oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide. Furthermore, yoga poses stimulate the digestive organs, massaging the abdominal muscles and helping the diaphragm move more freely.

Finally, yoga also provides a mental and emotional detox, helping purge the body of stress, depression, fear, and other negative emotions, and helping move awareness toward the present moment and away from mental chaos.

Yoga Poses for Detoxification and Cleansing

Some of the most relevant yoga poses for detoxification are:

  • Yoga Twists – aid in the circulation of blood and lymph, digestion, and the elimination of waste; the abdominal organs are squeezed and the kidneys and liver stimulated; toxic byproducts are pushed out, allowing fresh blood and nutrients to enter
  • Forward Bends – improve the digestive system and elimination process by compressing the abdominal organs and stimulating the liver and kidneys
  • Inversions and Upside-Down Poses – inverted poses benefit the immune system, soothe the nervous system, and stimulate the digestive organs; poses such as head/shoulder stands and ‘legs up on the wall’ help drain lymph fluid and blood from the feet and legs, circulating them throughout the body
  • Downward Facing Dog – this yoga poses contains benefits of both inversions and forward bends, aiding in blood and lymph circulation and toning the abdominal muscles, which assists digestion

Yoga Detox Benefits

Any well-rounded yoga practice will naturally help the body cleanse itself. Benefits of daily cleansing – naturally or through yoga – include:

  • Improved circulation
  • Improved digestive processes
  • Boosted immune system
  • Prevention of waste and toxin build-up
  • Less sluggishness, lethargy, and fatigue
  • Less emotional and mental chaos/anxiety
  • Increased energy and feeling of aliveness
  • Clearer mind
  • Increased states of calmness and relaxation