Yoga for Detoxification

: May 29, 2015
 
 
yoga for detoxification
Image Source:ShutterStock

Yoga is known to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being. It is a reliable method to cure certain ailments as well. One more added advantage that yoga has is that it actually removes the toxins from our body and cleanses our body from within. This detoxification of body and soul not only purifies the body from inside it also makes our mind more conscious about appropriate fitness choices.
The circulatory, endocrine and digestive system work relentlessly to remove the metabolic toxins from our body. At times due to external factors like wrong eating habits, overeating results in excess of external toxins which results in failure of body’s natural detoxifying system to function efficiently due to the overload. This is where yoga helps. It has the same function that oiling has to a machine. It revitalizes and stimulates the body’s detoxifying system to remove the toxins from our body.
Yoga involves controlled breathing wherein oxygen is taken in and the body throws out the toxic carbon dioxide. One sweats while performing the various poses. Sweating is also a natural means of removal of body toxins. All waste material from the body is brought to the kidneys and the liver from where the elimination of toxins happens. Therefore proper functioning of these organs is a must. Yoga promotes relaxation and proper blood circulation of the internal organs so that they can function more competently.
 

Yoga Poses for Detoxification:

1. Wide Legged Forward Bend:

wide legged forward bend 
Image Source:shutterstock
This pose helps in apt blood circulation to the lymph nodes and also perks up digestion.
  • Stand straight
  • Your feet should be kept separately and heels should face outwards
  • Stretch arms behind you and interlock an the palms should get pressed
  • Inhale deeply and bend frontward at your waist
  • Lower the hands to the maximum extent and spine should remain straight
  • Take long breathes
  • Hold the pose for 5 breathes
  • Slowly come back to the original position

2. Shoulder Stand:

Shoulder Stand
Image Source:freedigitalphotos.net
This is a difficult pose and should be attempted under the guidance of a yoga instructor. This pose stimulates the thyroid gland by laying pressure on the throat which in turn helps in detoxification.
  • Lie down on the floor with the hands on the floor
  • Bend knees and get them closer to the chest
  • Support your back with your hands
  • Push your feet towards the ceiling so that your feet is in the air
  • Keep the knees above the shoulder
  • Support the back with the elbows
  • Hold the pose for just few seconds
  • Slowly come back to the sleeping position
  • Perform the pose only if you are comfortable with it

3. Downward Dog Twist:

 Dowanward dog bend
Image Source:Shutterstock
This poses also improves blood circulation to the abdominal organs, the blood flows to the head when you bend and then back to the abdomen when you stand straight.
  • Stand straight
  • Keep your legs hip length apart
  • Bend down from the waist and your palms must touch the floor
  • The body is now in the form of an inverted V shape with the hips facing the ceiling
  • Now with the left hand try and hold the right ankle
  • Breathe out, wind chest to right and look at the ceiling
  • Hold the pose for few seconds
  • Come back slowly to the original position
Repeat the pose for the other side.

4. Locust form:

This form makes the back strong and also improves digestion.
  • Lie down with your stomach touching the floor
  • Hands should be kept at the side and palms should be facing upwards
  • Legs should be kept together
  • As you inhales lift your upper body, legs and head above the floor
  • Relax the shoulder and buttocks muscles
  • Stretch your spine as far as possible from the toes
  • Hold the pose for few seconds.
  • Come back slowly to the initial position

5. Extended Triangle:

Triangle pose
Image Source:Shutterstock
This pose improves digestion, gives relief from stress and reduces back pain.
  • Stand in mountain pose
  • Step out by about 4 feet
  • Extend arms sideward so that they are parallel to the ground and palms facing down
  • Turn right foot a little and left foot out by 90 degrees
  • Bend from your left hip so that upper body is above the left leg
  • Rest your left hand on the shin or the ankle.
  • Extend right hand towards the ceiling
  • Look at the sky
  • Hold the pose for 30 seconds and repeat it for the other side

6. Standing Extended Spinal Twist:

Improves digestion and makes the legs, abdomen and back strong.
  • Stand in mountain pose
  • Lift your left foot and bring it towards the belly
  • Reach to the outer edge of the left foot with your right hand
  • Kick out left foot to the right
  • Extend your left hand behind you
  • Look over your left arm
  • Hold the pose for 30 seconds
  • Return to the mountain pose slowly
  • Repeat the pose for the other side.

7. Chair Pose Twist:

Chair pose
Iamge Source:shutterstock
This pose gives strength to the thighs, hips and is good for the organs of the digestive system and the kidneys.
  • Stand straight with the feet close together
  • Bend at the knees and take the stance of a chair
  • Inhale and when you exhale join the palms in prayer pose and bring them at the centre of the chest.
  • Twist and left the left elbow touch the outside of the right thigh
  • Hold the pose for few seconds
  • Repeat the pose for the other side.
Use these yoga poses to make your detoxification more strong and efficient; but it is always advisable to perform the poses under the guidance of a experienced yoga instructor especially if you are a beginner.

AUTHOR

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan born and brought in Mumbai has a degree in Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a wide work experience in various fields...

Join the discussion