Can Yoga Really Detox Your Body?

Sinéad McKiernan
Can Yoga Really Detox Your Body?

Our bodies are designed to eliminate waste, but we are often so overloaded with toxins that it can't do its job properly. This may be due to a particular stressful stage in your life, a diet filled with processed food and alcohol, or a lack of exercise.

Along with a healthy fresh food diet and plenty of water, yoga provides the perfect way to give your body an extra squeeze. You will feel brand shiny new if you get a little yoga in every day.

The body eliminates waste through its circulatory system, digestive system and lymphatic system. Through yoga, we can help the body eliminate impurities such as carbon dioxide, lactic acid, and lymphatic fluid, and allow oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood to flow to the organs.

How Yoga Can Help Detox Your Body

Twists

Twisting poses will help to squeeze the organs and will be the most beneficial to your detoxing practice. When we twist, our blood flow is going to the liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen and intestines.

This allows fresh clean blood to enter your internal organs. Add Marichyasana C, Pavirtta Utkatasana and Pavirtta Trikonasa to your practice to get that delicious twisting action.

Backbends

Backbends will strengthen your back but will also create a little pressure on the abdomen which will encourage digestion and aid elimination of waste. Try to add Cobra, Salabhasana or Ustrasana to your detox routine.

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Forward Bends

Forward bends will compress the belly and again stimulate digestion and aid elimination. Standing forward bends will reverse the pull of gravity and circulate fresh blood to the head and filter your lymph nodes. Padangushtasana or Big Toe Pose is a perfect standing forward fold to gain these benefits.

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Inversions

Last but not the least, delicious inversions drain lymph fluids from the legs and re-circulate through the body. This means the immune system will be working at its best.

Inverting the body (going upside down) will stimulate your thyroid gland, which will in turn boost your metabolism.

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Inversions will also soothe your nervous system, which can get so easily overworked. So lastly, add some yummy inversions such as Sirsasana, Sarvangasana or Viparita Karani to the end of your detox yoga practice.

Through your new daily detox yoga routine, you will notice some amazing changes like increased energy, higher immunity and a happier, more joyful you!