Raise your hand if you ended 2017 with a little or a lot of self-indulgence?! We all got to enjoy Christmas and the New Year with our loved ones, family, and friends and an overload of parties filled with with treats & drinks galore. My body & yours need some major detoxing to reset after all the celebrations! If you are feeling sluggish and bloated, breaking out, or maybe losing your zest for life then you can benefit from a detox.
Whether you detox or cleanse (which you should do seasonally) January is the perfect time to try something new. Now I am not saying you need to commit to weeks of sippin' on green juice or eating a smoothie bowl for breakfast (Even though that would help! Here's one of my favorite recipes from the Balanced Berry https://www.thebalancedberry.com/creamy-matcha-smoothie-bowl/!). What you should try is grabbing the nearest mat and try these yoga poses below that will stimulate your circulatory, digestive, and lymphatic systems. This means help to rid your body of waste and toxins. Sounds good to me!
Here are my top 5 detox yoga poses!
Bridge pose: Lie on your back with your arms to your sides, palms down, and bend your knees. Push your hips up in the air while keeping your thighs and feet parallel. Hold for at least 30 seconds then relax and come down.
Three-legged down dog: Go into downward dog and lift one leg up in the air as high as you can go while keeping balance. Hold for a few deep breaths then repeat with the other leg.
Plow Pose: This pose strengthens and stretches the back muscles, aligning the spine and improving your posture, stimulating the abdominal organs, ovaries, bladder, and kidney, and relieving digestive issues. It also increases metabolism and tones the abdominal wall.
Spinal Twist (do both sides): Twisting helps you feel energized and focused, but will also provide mental clarity, relieve stress and deep tension, and detoxify your entire system. It does this by massaging your internal organs, encouraging the elimination of toxins. When you release a twist, fresh blood and nutrients rush back into your digestive organs, helping nourish and support them. Stay in Supine Twist for at least five deep breaths, then repeat on other side.
Shoulder Stand: Start with lying on floor on your back. Bring your legs to your stomach now stretch them upward. Now bring your hands to support either side of your spine and help pull your belly in right angle position with the ground. Stay in this pose for 5 deep breaths, and then relax. Now repeat this 5 times. (pictured below)
I would love to hear if you tried these poses out! Shoot me a quick email to say hello, ask a question, or share what you want to learn more on our blog. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers to a new year!
*Originally posted to Westside Seattle "Healthy Living"