Health and fitness tips to make the most of your sober month!
5 Cleansing Yoga Poses
By Claire Obeid on
We clean our homes, and we need to do the same with our bodies! Junk builds up within us that needs some serious detoxing. We cleanse through three of the body's main systems. The circulatory system pumps blood throughout the body – taking oxygen to cells whilst carrying the waste away. The digestive system processes the food we eat – absorbing the nutrients we need and eliminating anything we don’t. And then we have the lymphatic system, which collects fluid from our cells and sends it to the lymph nodes to ditch any harmful bacteria. The eliminatory organs (lower digestive system, liver, kidneys, lungs and skin) then help us to expel all of those nasty little toxins.
That’s a pretty good system when it comes to detoxing! However, over summer, we indulge in a lot of treats and alcoholic drinks, meaning and our eliminatory organs may be feeling a little sluggish.
We can help our body and assist the natural detoxification process with some stimulating and detoxifying yoga poses.
Yoga, like most forms of exercise, stimulates the three systems of cleansing, but it packs a little more punch. The systematic stretching and compressing action, coupled with calm breathing, is particularly good at enhancing waste-removal from the deep tissues and extremities (which some forms of exercises just can’t do).
Here are our 5 cleansing yoga poses
Standing Forward Bend
Calms the nervous system whilst gently compressing the abdomen to stimulate digestion and elimination
Downward Facing Dog
Gently tones the belly, aids circulation of blood and lymph and stimulates digestion.
Strengthens the legs whilst deeply twisting through the abdomen to squeeze and release the digestive organs.
Releases the hips whilst squeezing the abdominal organs
Helps you calm your breath, centre your focus and quieten your mind to reduce stress and enhance detoxification