I find that in the summer we tend to over indulge in late nights and food and drink that it not entirely that beneficial for us. So today I wanted to do a flow, which focuses solely on detoxification. The good news is that our body is designed to engage in detoxification every day but if we are stressed or burning the candle at both ends this natural process is not as efficient as it should be. So one way to help it along is with specific yoga asansas.
There are three main systems of the body that play a crucial role in the elimination of wastes —circulatory, digestive and lymph.
Yoga focuses on systematically stretching and compressing every part of the body, which in turn stimulates and facilitates the removal of waste products through these systems. Things like carbon dioxide, lactic acid and lymphatic fluid are released from the deep tissues and extremities of the body that a jog or a bike ride just wouldn’t reach.
Yogic breathing also plays an important role in promoting detoxification. We have as many bad habits in breathing as we do in every other area of our lives. For example, sitting with poor posture stops the lungs from inflating fully, as a result, we don’t take in as much life-sustaining oxygen when we inhale, or expel as much of the potentially hazardous carbon dioxide when we exhale.
And it doesn’t end there. Yoga aids in mental detoxification too. Doing yoga helps purge toxic thoughts by teaching you to move your awareness away from the chaos of the mind and back to the present moment.
So do a lot of twists, forward bends and inversions, all of which will help aid our natural detoxification process.