5 Yoga Poses to Aid Detox
I just started a potent candida cleanse, and in addition to the pills I’m taking, I’ve decided to alter my diet by eliminating sugar and grains, and add some detox yoga to my routine. This cleanse is due to last 45 days so I figure adding this yoga routine to my daily protocol will help improve the benefits by aiding my body in eliminating the candida as it dies off. Make sure to drink a lot of water after this practice, in order to flush the toxins out of your system. These poses are NOT advised during pregnancy. Here are my 5 favorite yoga poses to aid in detoxing the body and mind.
Detox benefits: Getting the heart higher than the head reverses the pull of gravity and aids in the circulation of blood and lymph. The pose also gently tones the abdomen, which stimulates digestion.
Start on your hands and knees with the entire surface of your palms pressing into the floor and your toes tucked under. Slowly lift the knees and straighten the legs. Press equally into the hands and feet and lift your sitting bones up as you move the thighs back. Allow the head to hang. Stay for 5–10 deep breaths.
For extra detoxifying, place your right hand on your left ankle, then switch sides and place your left hand on your right ankle.
Detox benefits: After twisting, your torso and digestive organs are flushed with oxygen-rich blood, which helps to remove toxins while improving digestion.
Begin in Downward Facing Dog. With an exhalation, step your right foot forward between your hands. Bend your front knee to 90 degrees, aligning your knee directly over the heel of your front foot. Your feet should be hip-width apart with both feet facing forward, and your front shin should be perpendicular to the floor. Come on to the ball of your back foot, lifting your heel and drawing it forward so it aligns directly over your back toes. Lift your back knee and draw your quadriceps up toward the ceiling. Straighten your back leg completely. Keep the ball of your back foot firmly on the ground. With your back leg strong and active, gently draw your left hip forward as you press your right hip back, squaring your hips so they are parallel to the top edge of your mat. If it is too difficult to keep your back leg raised, lower your knee to the floor and slide your leg back a few inches. Untuck your back toes and rest the top of your back foot on the floor. Inhale as you raise your torso to an upright position. Sweep your arms overhead. Draw your tailbone toward the floor. Spin your pinky fingers toward each other, opening your arms so your palms face each other. Gently tilt your head and gaze up at a space between your thumbs. This is Crescent Lunge.
Lower your arms and bring your palms together in prayer position at your chest. Exhaling, twist your torso to the right. Bring your left elbow to the outside of your right thigh. Press your upper left arm against your thigh and draw your right shoulder blade into your back to turn your chest to the right. To deepen the pose, extend both arms and reach your right fingertips to the sky and your left fingertips to the mat. You can also place your left hand on a block.Tuck your tailbone under and engage the muscles of your abdomen to help stabilize your core. Lengthen your spine even further on your inhalations and twist even deeper on your exhalations. Stack your top shoulder above your bottom shoulder. Draw your thumbs to your heart, and heart toward your thumbs.
Hold for up to one minute. Inhale as you return to center, reaching both arms overhead. Exhaling, release your hands back to the mat and step back into Downward Dog. Repeat on the other side.
Detox benefits: Twists squeeze out old blood and fluids from the abdominal organs, making room for freshly oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood when you unwind.
Begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) with the inner edges of your feet touching. Inhale as you bend your knees and come into Utkatasana. Fold your palms together in front of your heart in Anjali Mudra (Prayer Position). As you exhale, twist to the right, placing your left elbow or shoulder on the outside of your right knee. Look at your knees to make sure they’re in line with each other. Slowly rotate your face up to the ceiling. Stay here for 3 breaths. Repeat on the other side.
Detox benefits: Squeezes the abdominal organs and stimulates digestion and elimination.
Sit up tall with your legs straight. Bend your right knee and bring the sole of your right foot to the floor just in front of your right sitting bone. Rest your right hand on the floor behind your back for support.
Reach your left hand up so strongly that your ribcage lifts up. Rotate your torso to the right and bring your left elbow to the outside of your right knee. Stay for 5 deep breaths, gradually and gently using the sensation of your left elbow pressing into to your right leg to encourage your torso to twist further to the right.
Either look behind you, over your right shoulder or straight ahead, depending on what feels best to your neck. Repeat on the other side.
Detox benefits: Encourages circulation of blood and lymph from the feet and legs. Bathes the abdomen in fresh blood, stimulating the digestive organs. Soothes the nervous system, allowing your body to shift its attention from warding off stress to daily bodily functions, including detox.
Sit in front of a wall with your right hip and shoulder touching the wall. Bend your knees and roll onto your left side, so your feet and seat are touching the wall. Roll onto your back and extend your legs so that they rest on the wall. Either rest your hands on your belly or let your arms lie on the floor, palms up. Stay for at least 10 deep breaths. If you don’t have a suitable wall near you, simply raise the feet up in the air. Use a strap across the feet if you have one available.
Consider joining me in the cleanse mindset by eliminating one unhealthy habit, and adding a healthy one for the next 45 days. Add these yoga postures a few times a week and let’s collectively see what happens!