We spend a lot of time focusing on cleaning our outer bodies. We take showers, brush our teeth, go for pedicures and perform all kinds of exciting and sometimes exhausting rituals to make sure we look our best. It is also important to clean our insides from time to time. Busy lifestyles often lead to unhealthy eating habits and if we don’t make time for exercise our bodies can become congested with toxins.
So many of us are into detoxing these days. Juice cleanses, fasting, colonics, lymphatic drainage and massage therapy are some of the many options available to help keep our insides healthy. A yoga detox can also help to cleanse your body and it works in three different ways.
First, the physical postures stretch the tissues of your body to create space for fluids to flow and toxins are free to move to the appropriate organs of filtration. Second, the gentle squeezing and releasing of organs, as you move from pose to pose, stimulates the natural detox process. Finally, the deep, slow and relaxed breathing that is part of every yoga class and each breath you take will cleanse your body.
The Sphinx posture shown here in this video is a gentle way to apply pressure to our kidneys that aid in the process of cleaning our blood. Every hour your blood is filtered by your kidneys 12 times – about 200 litres of blood a day. By moving the spine into extension and back bending, we massage these organs to help them with their work.
Click here for the gentle yoga move that will help you to look and feel good both inside and out.
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