YOGA FOR A SPRING DETOX
After the excesses of Christmas and the stark reality of January, we can often hibernate in the cold winter months, moving less and eating the wrong types of food. As spring is the season of fresh life and new beginnings, we’ve handpicked eight of our favorite asanas to improve digestion, boost immune health and flush out toxins.
1: Adho Mukha Svanasana(Downward-Facing Dog)
The slight compression from pulling the navel into the spine encourages the digestive function of the spleen, liver, and kidneys, while the positioning of the head below the heart encourages the circulatory system to pump fresh blood throughout the body to help flush out toxins and boost immune health. It can also help open up the sinuses and allow the flow of mucus if there is any nasal congestion.
2: Parivrtta Anjaneyasana(Revolved Crescent Lunge)
This pose engages the whole body, and as the torso twists it compresses the internal abdominal organs and kidneys which helps the detoxification process. When releasing the twist, the body is flushed with oxygen-rich blood to optimize the digestive and lymphatic system.
3: Ardha Chandrasana(Half Moon Pose)
Half Moon improves the functioning of the entire digestive system and helps to tone the abdominal organs including the kidneys and pancreas. Not only does it help alleviate numerous digestive complaints, it also boosts blood flow to the lungs and enhances lung capacity, which can help with respiratory problems.
4: Ardha Matsyendrasana (Seated Spinal Twist)
When releasing the twist, stored tension is released from the body, enabling fresh blood and nutrients to be delivered to the muscles and organs. It helps to stimulate the abdominal area, improve circulation, digestion and elimination by working on the liver and kidneys, stimulating the lymphatic system and releasing toxins.
5: Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
This ‘King’ of postures helps reduce the gravitational pull on the abdominal organs which helps to get the bowels moving freely and aiding digestion. The lymphatic system also gets stimulated which boosts the immune system, and it strengthens the heart and respiratory system which can help combat colds and flu.
6: Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
Fish pose stretches and compresses the belly muscles and abdomen which aids digestion and promotes nutrient absorption. It also stimulates the thyroid and thymus for faster immune responses. Matsyasana is also known to be good for constipation and respiratory ailments.
7: Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose)
This wonderful asana helps to stimulate the heart and increase blood circulation. It also nourishes vital organs including the kidney, liver and bladder which improves digestion, and by working with the sacral chakra, it also connects us to our emotional needs.
8: Salabhasana (Locust Pose)
Practising Locust strengthens, tones and massages the abdominal organs such as the kidney, liver and spleen. The pose is also known to relieve constipation and indigestion and get the digestive process functioning more optimally.