How to detox with Yoga
Unhealthy thoughts, food, and emotions drag us down every now and then. To feel lighter and more energetic try Yoga! :)
How can yoga help physically?
The yoga twists are the go to poses for 'detoxing'. The idea is that as you twist your body you are stimulating the liver, the digestive and the lymphatic system, which flush the toxins out of the body. Leaving you with a feeling of refreshment and alertness.
As my grandmother used to love saying, "Energy, begets energy."
You will boost your energy when you move with your breath and be less likely to reach for those stimulating caffeinated, over sugared treats!
So even if you're feeling sluggish, start moving! :) It won't be easy, believe me I know. I have two adorable puppies that love to cuddle. But once you get the momentum going, it will get easier. Think of the snowball at the top of the hill, who picks up speed and energy as he rolls down it!
How can yoga help with those harmful thoughts?
You know that phrase that just plays over and over in your head. The one that blocks you from enjoying the sunrise and your puppy playfully bouncing over to you with that ragged ball in her mouth?
Yes, that one.
Well....when you're twisting in crescent pose you'll be focusing on spreading your pinky toes. Hugging your legs towards the midline. And breathing with a deep even quality so that you can stay upright and balanced. As soon as one of those pesky thoughts enter into your mind, you'll experience your body wobbling.
There's just no room for extra thoughts. The yoga poses highly encourage you to focus in order to stay upright.
You'll discover that all yoga poses have a gaze point (a drishti) to help you find your balance. Just like the dancer who has a 'spot' as she pirouttes across the floor, so that she doesn't fall over from the dizziness. The difference with yoga is that you begin to uncover a gaze point within yourself. And you rely less and less on the external world for confirmation.
You discover discernment - viveka the yogis call it. You welcome in those thoughts that are life enhancing and you release the thoughts that drag you down.
How does yoga help you connect to your spirit?
I have an amazing teacher, Sonia Choquette, who says, "How's your spirit today?"
I love this!
What does it mean though?
Well you know when you go into autopilot? Your eyes glaze over, you're not all there.
Think of the time you drove to the grocery store and couldn't quite recall the trip in-between home and the store. Your mind was thinking about to do lists, what you needed to buy, did your kids get their homework done......and boom, grocery store parking lot.
Life provides a ton of distractions. Yoga helps you learn how to readjust your focus and be fully present in the moment. Just let that squirrel try to distract you!
Before you do this yoga flow, look at your eyes in the mirror. Then do the practice and look at them again. What has changed?
The eyes are the window to the soul......
Length: 10 minutes
Props: none :)
Do you ever wonder if you're doing the yoga poses correctly? And where should you feel the stretch?