Looking for a way to detox that doesn't involve juicing? Or maybe you want to add a deeper boost of detox to your current cleanse? Whatever your motive may be, the following poses will help your digestion, improve your range of motion, and strengthen your body; leaving you feeling so fresh and so clean.
Before we dive in, one thing to remember is that our body already has it's own powerful cleansing system. So, view these poses as a way to assist and stimulate what is already put in place. You can do each pose individually or you can add them to your favorite yoga flow.
Forward Fold w/ Belly Massage
Compression and pressure on the abdomen will help to move stagnant energy in the digestive system.
Stand with your feet hip distance apart and take your fists to your hip creases.
Keep the spine long and strong as you fold forward over bent or straight legs, letting the back body completely release with the head and neck hanging heavy without effort.
If you don’t feel pressure from your fists in your belly, bend your legs so that your belly rests gracefully on your thighs, with the fists gently compressing the lower abdomen.
Then make small circles with the fists to gently get movement in the intestines to help your body release waste and toxins from the digestive tract.
Stay here for 5 or more breaths before coming back up to Tadasana, Mountain Pose.
Wide Leg Standing Forward Fold w/ a Twist
This pose stimulates the abdominal organs, improves digestion and helps to detoxify the body.
Start with your legs wide and feet turned slightly out, exhale and fold all the way down
Inhale, and halfway lift the torso creating a flat back, extending the line of energy from the crown of the head to the wall in front of you while pointing your tailbone to the wall behind you. Feel that dynamic pull in opposite directions.
Place the right palm under the face in line with the midline of the body, exhale as you hollow the belly and twist, lifting your left hand, fingertips pointing towards the sky.
Stay here for five breaths. Allow yourself to really feel the stretch in the inner right thigh. Then slowly bring the left hand to the earth to meet the right. Inhale as you halfway lift again to neutralize the spine.
Exhale, now with our left hand placed under the face and gentle twist to the right. Stay here for five breaths.
Seated Spinal Twist This is a restorative pose that helps support your digestion and encourages spinal mobility.
Begin seated on your mat with your legs extended in front of you. Bend both knees, and place your left heel as close to your right sit bone as you can. Cross your right foot over your left knee, and plant it on the floor so your outer right ankle is next to your left knee.
Reach your right arm behind you, and place your palm on the floor. Cross your left elbow over your outer right thigh to gently increase the twist.
Gaze behind you and over your right shoulder, staying here for five breaths. Then release the twist, straighten your legs out in front of yo