We get it, you indulged over Christmas – didn’t we all? Now is the time to start thinking about how you’re going to take care of your body and make self love a priority. We recommend yoga moves that can detox your body.
Admittedly,we have all sworn that we would be the new yogi on the block (pun intended), saluting the sun every morning and sipping on lemon water all day long. The following poses are a starting point, especially after a festive season.
They will stimulate your circulatory, digestive, and lymphatic systems, helping you rid your body of waste and toxins. Try these anywhere you can – in the gym, kitchen (while something simmers or roasts), or first thing in the morning while the coffee brews. You’ve got this!
Do each of the yoga moves for 5 rounds of deep, belly breaths.
Wide legged forward bend
Hello hamstrings! This move allows your head to fall below your heart – the folding motion, and the squeezing of the belly increases circulation to the abdominal organs which helps move digestion along and stimulates metabolism. Ladies, this pose can help ease the pain during that time of the month. Can I get an Amen?
Revolved chair pose
It’s easy to focus on the burning sensation in the quads and glutes – hello booty- but draw your attention inward and think of your kidneys, liver, and spleen removing toxins and your abdominal wall working hard to keep you locked in that twist.
This is one of the classics. A twist is always a good option when feeling sluggish, unfocused and stressed. It relieves deep tension and helps detoxify your system by massaging your internal organs. When you release from the twist, fresh blood and nutrients rush back to the digestive system.
As well as strengthening the back muscles and opening through the chest, the pressure from this pose on your abdomen encourages digestion, which stimulates the release of those things that no longer serve you.
3-legged downward dog
Slight variation for downward dog, lifting your leg in the air encourages blood to circulate throughout the body, as well as move fluid to the lymph nodes. In addition to being physical, this can serve as a mental detox, relieving stress, fear and sadness.
Shoulder stand pose
Inverted poses help drain accumulated lymph fluid from the legs and upper body. I saved this pose for the end, as all the toxins released throughout a practice are flushed toward the heart to be oxygenated and cleansed.