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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.

Lunging Twist

Strengthens the legs whilst deeply twisting through the abdomen to squeeze and release the digestive organs.

Seated Twist

Releases the hips whilst squeezing the abdominal organs

Meditation

Helps you calm your breath, centre your focus and quieten your mind to reduce stress and enhance detoxification