Detox Detox Detox

This year there is one word that keeps popping up everywhere – detox detox detox!

I believe that a healthy lifestyle really needs to be approached from all directions, nutrition, fitness and mindfulness, and yoga is a great way to not only encourage the detoxification for the body, but also clear the busy mind too.

Here are some of my top tips on how yoga can help support a healthier you!

1. TWIST

Twisting the body is a great way aid digestion, as well as helping the body flush out those unwanted toxins. The twisting action literally rings out the body, helping stimulate digestion and get the digestive track moving, as well as being a great way to tone the abdominals.

Here are 2 great twisting poses - Do these yoga poses every time you need that extra detox boost, always twisting deeper on an exhalation.

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Seated Spinal Twist)

From a seated position bend your right leg in front of you, then bending your left knee place your left foot on the other side of your right knee. Place your Left hand (or finger tips) on the floor behind your back and on an exhalation twist towards your top leg. Then either hug your left knee towards your torso, or to go deeper, place your elbow on the outside of the knee to traction a deeper twist. On each inhalation lengthen through the spine, and on each exhalation twist a little further.

Hold this for 5-10 breaths and repeat on the other side.

Parivrtta Anjaneyasana (Revolve Lunge)

From a lunge lengthen through the sides of the waist and twist towards the front leg. Take your elbow to the outside of the front knee and place your palms together, pressing them into each other. As you inhale lengthen through the spine, and as your exhale twist a little further, trying to bring your thumbs into the center of your

chest.

Hold this pose for 5 breaths and repeat on the other side.

2. FOLD FORWARD

Forward folding is a great way to encourage the function of the digestive system and clear out any blockages from the abdominal organs. These are also great at calming the nervous system and quieting the mind, allowing for that lovely cleansing of not only body but mind too. Enjoy this calming forward fold before going to sleep.

Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Fold)

From a seated position, extend your legs out in front of you. Draw your sitting bones back or sit on a cushion so you can sit up tall. Hug your legs together, root them into the floor and flex your feet. Then lengthen up through your spine and fold over your legs, taking hold of wherever you can reach. On each inhalation lengthen through the spine, and on each exhalation fold a little deeper.

Close the eyes and relax here. Hold this pose for 5-10 breaths.