Been overdoing it during the party season that just got over? Your body could use some respite, you can do more than just sip detoxing fluids with detox yoga. Perform these simple asanas or poses regularly, the way the celebrities do as they are designed to detox, calm and cleanse your body.
These work wonders on your circulatory, digestive and lymphatic systems to get rid of toxins and waste, and stimulate your body to feel like a new you. Doing yoga the right yoga way on a regular basis can also help you balance and cleanse your body, mind and soul.
A synchronised sequence of twisting techniques will get rid of toxins, stimulate digestion and keep you happy. Do them anytime during the day and remember to inhale each breathe to lengthen and exhale each breath to feel like you can get rid of anything that isn’t good for you.
— The writer is an actor and a yoga enthusiast, Koramangala Akshar Power Yoga.
You stand in samastithi and take your right leg as far back as you can take it, place your right heel down so your foot is placed flat on the mat pointing to the right side at about 45 degrees. Turn your body to the right side so that your hips and legs are aligned and raise your arms parallel to the mat in a straight line and move your gaze forward. Do the same on the other side as well.
Try different variations of Virbhadrasan as it helps in strengthening your thighs and opening up your legs and helps in overall flexibility. It’s a very powerful asana and is also called the warrior pose as it helps one to be attentive and focused at all times. Try to stay for a few minutes. It gives a sense of power when you’re in this asana for a longer time. It helps in balancing and becoming more aware of your inner self and the world around you.
Lie down on your stomach. Place your palms below your shoulders and slowly lift your upper body off the mat while your stomach is still on the mat. Ensure that you don’t straighten out arms and lift up only so much that your back can take. This asana helps with the flexibility of your spine, mid and lower back. It helps in opening up your shoulder and chest muscles and strengthening your arms.
Parivritta janusirsa asana
Sit down on your mat with your legs stretched out straight. Fold your right leg and place your right foot on your left inner thigh. Now, place your left side on your left thigh and keep looking at the ceiling. Then with your right arm up, get a hold of your left foot. Repeat the same for the other leg. It helps in opening up your sides and your hamstrings. It also helps in flexibility and strengthening the oblique and toning the side muscles.
Lift both your arms up and pull your body up straight. And place your palms down by your feet in padhasthasana. You may bend your knees to place your palms flat on the mat. From there take your right leg as far back as you can take it, your right leg is on the toe and the leg is straight. Now, inhale and raise both arms.
Do the same on the other side. Other than this, you can try another variation in the Ashwasanchalan asana as it helps in strengthening and toning your legs. Doing this asana on a regular basis will help you correct your posture. When you lift your arms up, it helps in lengthening your spine and helps you detox and become more aware.