There are so many toxins – from the environment and from the things we put in our bodies – that can weigh on us and hurt our bodies. That’s why it’s so important to give out bodies the things they need, and to do a detox every once in a while. One great way to achieve this is through yoga! Here are 10 yoga poses you can do to help detox your body.
1. Staff Pose
The staff pose is easy enough for anyone – all you have to do is sit! It promotes good lung functioning and proper breathing, eliminating carbon dioxide and other toxins from the body.
- Sit on the floor with both legs extended straight out in front of you and pressed together.
- Put your palms flat on the floor beside your hips and press them down into the ground, as if you’re attempting to lift yourself up.
2. Wide-Legged Forward Bend
This one may be a bit difficult for first-timers, but once you get into it, you’ll be glad you did! Because the pose requires you to bend over and turn your head upside down, it promotes blood flow throughout the body and helps with digestion.
- Place your feet shoulder width apart, plus two or three more steps out.
- Hold your hands together behind you and make a fist.
- Inhale deeply and take the plunge! Slowly bend at the waist, remembering to keep your back straight.
- Inhale and exhale deeply five times, and then return to an upright position.
3. Seated Spinal Twist
A twisted pose aids in digestion, so if you’re having trouble in that area, this pose will be perfect for you!
- Start out sitting on the floor with your legs out in front of you.
- Bend your left knee and put it over your right leg.
- Then bend your right knee, letting your heel touch your bottom.
- Take your right palm and place it flat on the ground behind you.
- Finally, cross your left elbow over your right leg.
4. Head-to-Knee C
This pose also twists, so it will also help with digestion. Plus, it will soothe and stimulate your organs.
- Again, sit down on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you.
- Bend your right knee in so it can touch your thigh, and lean it against your thigh with your toes holding it up.
- Take the second leg and reach out, grabbing hold of your foot with both hands while keeping your back straight.
- Holding this position, take in four or five good breaths, and then switch sides.
5. Seated Heart Opener
This pose opens your lungs, and after you complete it, your posture should improve. You’ll feel better after allowing your body to properly eliminate toxins from your body.
- To begin, get on your knees.
- Take your palms and lay them flat on the ground behind you; this should open up your chest.
- After four or five breaths you may release and return to your original position.
The locust is also a favorable poet for anyone who needs help with digestion or even back strength. At first it seems fairly easy, but it’s most definitely a test of endurance!
- Lie on your stomach with your legs together.
- Put your arms by your sides, palms facing toward the sky.
- With a large inhale, raise your legs and part of your upper body up off of the floor.
- Keep your palms, facing up, down on the floor for extra support.
- Take your time and take in five good breaths before you let go of the pose.
7. Upward Facing Hands
This pose is very simple, and it opens up the neck, shoulder, torso and chest, while also helping to release some tension and allowing you to relax.
- Stand up straight, with your feet together.
- With a deep breath in, raise your arms up above your head and clasp them together.
- Lift your head upward, as if you’re trying to look at your hands above you and breathe deeply.
8. Low Pushups
Did you realize that pushups are detoxifying? This goes to strengthen all of your muscles, forcing the different muscles of the system to work and get stronger together.
- Get in the stance as if you’re about to perform a casual pushup.
- Once you pull up, remain in that position and hover over the floor.
9. Warrior II
This simple pose stimulates the organs of the abdomen, relieves tension and helps ease sciatica symptoms.
- Start out by spreading your legs out about three steps.
- Then bend one leg, causing you to make a lunge-like form.
- Raise your arms up above you and over to your side, making a slight “C” shape.
- Hold this position for a few seconds, while breathing deeply.
- Then repeat the pose on the opposite side.
10. Three-Legged Down Dog
This pose is slightly more challenging and encourages blood circulation, fluid movement to the lymph nodes and ultimate relaxation.
- Start on your hands and knees.
- Raise up on your hands and feet, making a “V” shape with your body.
- Then lift one of your legs upward into the air, making sure your back is still straight.
- After five breaths, repeat this with the opposite leg.