Yoga Poses to Detox, Cleanse and Improve Digestion

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Changing your diet for a few days to detox your body and cleanse it of toxins in order to feel lighter and improve digestion is a great place to start. It isn’t, however, complete without including a good exercise session.

Now, a lot of us aren’t very fond of exercise. Running, swimming or even just going outside for a walk can be complicated: where to go, what to do when it rains and even what to wear can be stressful if you are shy, or are very self-conscious about your body.

Do not worry, we have the solution for you. Yoga. Yoga is easy to do because the positions (Asanas) are very simple to do. You don’t need a special place or any equipment to do it. Simply put on comfortable clothes and let’s get started!

This Yoga routine is specifically designed to stimulate your thyroid gland, aid digestion and help you build muscle. If you have never tried Yoga before, here is what you need to know: It is important to concentrate on your whole body and how you position yourself. It is vital that you are conscious of your breath. Breathe in slowly, filling up as much as you can and then release the air gradually.  Also, if your muscles are trembling, you have gone too far. Relax the position a little.

 

Twist

PARIVRTTA PRASARITA PADOTTANASANA

Standing up straight, put your feet 3 or 4 feet apart. Inhale and when you exhale, bend by your waist until your hands touch the ground. Your feet can move to adjust, but make sure your back is straight, bent 90º.

Inhale and as you exhale, twist and lift your left hand while you look at it, until it is perpendicular to the floor. Breath in and out a few times, slowly.

Inhale and while you exhale, bring your left hand down again, gently. Inhale and as you exhale repeat with your right hand up.

 

Utkatasana

PARIVRTTA UTKATASANA

With your feet parallel and your back straight, bend your knees as if you were sitting on a chair, while you stretch your arms above your head. Move your hands in front of your chest, elbows pointing out.

Now twist your shoulders to the right while you put your left elbow on your right knee. If you find it hard to stabilise, you can press your hands.

Your knees should be above your ankles, properly aligned.

Inhale looking forward and as you exhale, draw your shoulder blades together.

Breathe in and out a few times. Exhale while twisting back to the center and inhale while your stretch your legs.

Repeat with the other side.


SideThing

PARSVA BAKASANA

This one is a little more demanding. If you cannot do it at first, do not worry. Skip it and come back to it when you are ready. Do not forget about it though, try it out every so often. You’ll see it isn’t that hard!

Squat with your legs together and rotate your torso to the right. Put your palms on the ground, firmly and at shoulder width.

Lift your hips and balancing, place (gently) your your right knee on your right elbow. Balance while your breathe in and out.

Relax the position, putting your feet back on the ground and turning your torso to the other side to repeat.

 

Boat

ARDHA NAVASANA

Sitting down, bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the ground. Stretch your arms out in front of you and slowly lean back as you stretch your legs. Your toes, hands and eyes should be at the same level.

Breath in and out while you hold the position. Relax and do it again.


ChildPose

BALASANA

Your forehead, as well as your legs from your knees to your feet should be on the floor. Your waist is bent as well as your knees and your arms stretched out in front of you, palms on the floor.

Breathe in and out. You can also put you hands next to your feet. Hold for a minute or so and then raise your body vertebrae by vertebrae.

All done!

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