Detox With Yoga
Yoga has very powerful poses that help clean up the insides. Some of them, like intestinal wash, are best done in a yoga institute, under personal guidance and supervision. But there are several other practices, which may be done at your own home and will help clear up accumulated toxins, emotional waste and mental garbage. The practices start revealing their powerful impact as soon as you start practising them. You will have less trouble with aches and pains, which come when there is too much blood lactate build-up in the body. You will experience a zing that comes when emotional clutter is cleared. You will sleep better when hormonal fluctuations resulting from stress and its aftermath are removed. You will find elimination complete, thus clearing up the texture of your skin. Some of you, who have been particularly slack about your health, may feel a heaviness or stiffness while practicing these. But do not worry – it only means that the clean – up has already begun!
1.Bharadwajasana (Rishi Bharadwajasana Pose):
All abdominal twists are powerful yogic de-toxifiers. This pose can be done in several versions, with leg stretched out, seated cross-legged or seated on your heels. The latter poses are more advanced, and call for more flexibility of spine and hip joints. For doing a simple version, sit on the floor, both legs stretched out. Bend right leg at knee. Place right foot on left thigh, as high up as you can. Ensure that the right knee is touching the floor. Similarly, do it with the left leg. If your body is stiff, these corrections maybe difficult to achieve. But keep them in mind, so that you will slowly improve and correct these errors as you continue practise regularly. Now reach left hand behind your back, placing back of hand on your spine. Place right hand on the left knee. Inhale. Exhaling, twist your torso completely to the left, so the head looks over right shoulder. Keep breathing, holding the pose. Release. Repeat for the other side. Do thrice for each side.
Benefits: This gives a powerful squeeze to your stomach, squeezing the body’s most important detox player – the liver, which is involved with over 500 functions, including detoxification of any junk we consume, like coffee, alcohol, etc. The transverse squeeze also works on the other organs and glands of elimination and excretion, including the entire uro-genital system, the spleen, kidneys, and the adrenals (involved with stress management). It busts constipation, a major problem of those with mismanaged metabolism and toxic over-kill. The squeeze-release effect it provides sends a fresh gush of blood into these regions, rejuvenating them and hastening the inner clean-up.
2.Ardha Matsyendra Asana (Half-spinal twist named after Rishi Matsyendra):
This is a simpler version but has similar impact as the advanced pose. Sit on the floor. Bend right leg. Inhale and pass left foot over right knee, placing it on the floor beside the right knee. Place right hand on the floor beside your hip. Simultaneously, place left elbow on right knee, using it to increase the twist that you will soon be creating at the spine. Exhale and twist completely towards the right and look over the shoulder. Ensure that the spine remains erect and the right foot remains flat on the ground. This correction is important to fine-tune the detox effect of this twist. Also, remember to use your left elbow to increase the effect of the twist by pressing the knee backwards. Breathe normally, holding the pose for a few seconds. Release. Repeat three times. Then repeat the same steps for the opposite side.
Benefits: This squeeze has similar detox benefits as the above, though the effects are more enhanced in this one. It is said to heighten spiritual detox too, since the entire spine and thereby all the major seven chakras are invoked in this pose. It also improves postural misalignments that come from emotional slackness and helps de-stress, as does the above twist.
3.Matsya Asana (The Fish Pose):
This is amongst the most powerful detox poses and is a classic pose that is readily taught to beginners. To do this, lie on your back, with legs lightly touching each other along the insides. Inhale. Lift your head up and exhaling, drop the head gently back. The neck should arch deeply, the entire body weight must be brone on the elbows. The crown should rest on the floor. But beginners may find such a deep arch tough, in which case do it only upto capacity. The focus must be more on the chest curving upwards, breat jutting up. Keep the feet relaxed, shut eyes or look backwards to give the face a thorough work-out too. The breathing should be normal, though some schools suggest a deep, deliberate in-out breath, to enhance the impact on the lungs. Release. Gently relaxing the neck, go back to the floor, as you return to the base position.
Contradictions: Avoid in case of severe neck pain. If having vertigo, learn it in a phased manner, using cushion or bolster support till the sense of dizziness is weaned away from the body. Those having respiratory problems should also learn it in a phased manner, though it is extremely therapeutic in all breathing problems.
Detox Factor: It throws out all the stale air from the lowermost part of the lungs, thus aiding the cleansing process. The pressure on the abdomen massages the powerful detox gland, liver. This also aids fat release, hiking metabolism - all of which are slack in a toxic body. The spinal arch is an emotional detox - known to clean up mental negativity such as depression, lethargy and fear. The pressure around the hips also work out the uro-genital system, which is deeply hit when we have such negative mental states. It fights stress. The thymus gland, or the immune gland, at the chest involved with our defences gets rejuvenated. The abdominal pressure encourages peristalsis, the movement of our digestive tract, necessary not just for efficient digestion but also complete elimination.
4.Dhanu (Bow Pose):
To do dhanu, lie on your stomach, with chin on the floor. Now reach back hands behind to hold ankles. Inhale and raise chin and head off the floor. Simultaneously, raise the bent legs off the floor, forming a perfect bow shape with your torso and limbs. Look up, with eyes titled towards the ceiling. If already practising yoga, you can deepen the arch by lifting chest and thighs further up. Otherwise, you can learn to deepen the arch as your spine becomes more flexible with regular practice. Keep breathing normally and hold the pose just for a few seconds initially. To end pose, exhale and slowly lower chin and thighs back to the floor. Release ankles. Interlock hands, placing the palm down on floor. Continue to lie on your stomach, place head sideways on the back of your hands and rest with your eyes shut. When breath returns to normal, repeat the pose, doing it three times in all. With practice, you can keep increasing duration in the pose for longer, extending it to one minute in six week's time. When this has been achieved, you need to do the pose only once, onstead of thrice.
Benefits: This is an all-in-one detox pose. In one go, it cleans up your entire body - the arch works out the spine, ironing out stiffness and nervous tension. The pressure on the abdomen powerfully massages the liver, the body's most important detox machine. Its pressure on the abdomen also sets off peristalsis, which means efficient excretion and elimination of body waste. This powerful pressure also works out other glands and body parts dealing with elimination such as kidneys and spleen. The pancreas is rejuvenated, helping it deal with insulin imbalances that cause major degenerative ailments, including diabetes. The pressure on the hips massages the uro-genital system that is linked with our emotional toxic build-up too. This pose purifies the pathway through all the seven major chakras, thus helping us detox spiritually too. The Manipuri chakra (dealing with our deep emotions like anger, fear), which is the mid-way chakra between our emotional and spiritual centres, gets purified the most.
5.Dwi Pada Supta Pawan Mukta Asana (Two - Legged Lying Energy Release Pose):
As the name suggests, this detox pose is used to release inner waste, thus enhancing, prana or energy. Though a simple pose to practice, its impact is very powerful and it is, therefore used as an all-in-one therapeutic pose in most degenerative ailments. To do this pose, lie on your back. Inhale and bend both legs at knees. Exhale and hug both the hands around them, squeezing the knees towards the chest. Hold the pose. Inhale. Exhale and raise head, so that the chin reaches towards the knees. Hold it for as long as you can, breathing normally. Release and repeat three times.
It removes accumulated waste, especially flatulence and offers relief in acidity that comes from excessive toxic condition in the body. It facilitates peristalsis and excretion. It eases the nervous tension that keeps the spine contracted and all the muscles that stiffen with stress, thus helping with emotional cleanup and spinal alignment. It hikes metabolism, which becomes sluggish when body is filled with junk food or mismanaged health. It heals or helps control most degenerative ailments, which are a result of toxic lifestyle mismanagement, such as diabetes, BP, stress, depression and uro-genital disorders.
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