Modern lifestyle is extremely stressful and generally unhealthy. The body is subjected to everyday physical and mental grind, adding-up to trauma and damage to the mind and a body that needs to be detoxified. So, what is the best way for detoxification? With all kinds of studies on the options, Yoga is found to be very helpful in detoxification.
How Does Detoxification Work?
It’s important to understand detoxification before looking for detoxification methods. The circulatory system, the lymphatic system, and the digestive system are the three primary systems in our body that are crucial for waste elimination. These systems should be sturdy and efficient, but due to poor nutrition and stressful lifestyle, the body needs support to the detox system. Yoga asanas for detoxification are picture-perfect for this support role.
Asanas for Detoxification
There are many specific asanas that help remove toxins and other wastes from the body. Here are a few chosen asanas and ways to practice them.
1. Neck Rotation
- Stand in a comfortable position
- Take a deep breath in, and move your neck back
- Breathing out, touch your chin to the chest
- Breathing in, start rotating your neck clockwise
- Inhale while you move the head up, and exhale while you bring it down. Rotate your neck clockwise five times at least, and then rotate anti-clockwise five times.
2. Shoulder Rotation
- Stand in a comfortable position, keeping your hands straight by the sides of the body.
- Rotate both shoulders in the clockwise direction, for at least five rounds.
- Breathe in as you bring your shoulders up close to your ears, and breathe out as you bring the shoulders down.
- Repeat the process five times in an anti-clockwise direction.
3. Kapalbhati Pranayama
- Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position with straight back and hands resting on your knees in either chin or Gyan mudra.
- Close the eyes and relax the whole body.
- Inhale deeply through both nostrils, expanding the abdomen and exhale with the forceful contraction of abdominal muscles.
- Now, breathe in again normally and spontaneously, without making any effort to expand the abdominal muscles.
- Perform at least ten inhalations and exhalations.
- After completing ten breaths in succession, inhale and exhale deeply to complete one round.
- Perform at least three to five rounds.
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4. Yoga Asana – Ardha Pawan Mukta Asana
- Lie down on the floor with the arms on your sides.
- Hold the heels together.
- Slowly raise the knee, inhale and bend it to touch your chest with interlocked fingers.
- Exhale, and bring the knee to the floor.
- Repeat the asana with the other knee.
5. Yoga Asana – Setu Bandha asana (Bridge Pose)
- Sit with the legs stretched forward.
- Place the palms on the floor on either side of the body, little behind the buttocks, fingers pointing backward, and keeping the elbows straight.
- Raise the buttocks and lift the body upward, the head hangs back and down, with the soles of feet resting flat on the ground.
- Stay in this position till you stay comfortable, then lower the buttocks to the floor.
- This completes one round, perform five more rounds.
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6. Supine Twistright
- Lie on the ground, hug knee into chest.
- Stretch arms out to a “T” on either side, allow the right knee to fall to the left.
- Stay with a neutral neck or look to the right.
- Take a left hand to the right thigh, allowing its weight to ground right leg.
- Hold for 5 deep breaths, repeat on the other side.
- Lie face-down, bend knees, and hold ankles.
- Press feet into hands, keeping knees hip-width apart.
- Lift chest off the ground.
- Hold body for 5 deep breaths.
When you feel tired and weighed down by stress, just give your body and mind a reboot with yoga asanas for detoxification.