What no longer serves you? 5 Ideas to Detox!

This week in my classes we are focusing on the idea of detoxing.  Dextoxing is often a word that is associated with weight loss or checking into some fancy center serving only Chia Broccoli Sprout Vaniila Coconut Acai Goji Berry Pea Oil Green Smoothie.  Not so. And besides would your really expect me to be advocating a week’s worth of colon cleanses and body wraps?

Detoxification is a natural process in the body and very much needed as we accumulate toxins daily as we move throughout the world.  Toxins are the byproducts of living, both what we take in externally and also from the stresses that we have in our lives.  This may manifest as feeling bound and tight in our bodies and or muscles and while our bodies are designed to get rid of these toxins sometimes a little extra effort is needed.

Detox is essential not just for the body, but also for the mind.  As we move towards the New Year it is often a time where war reflect on what we want to bring into our lives anew, or perhaps change the way that things are now.  In order to do that we need to make space and abandon that which no longer serves us, squeezing and exhaling it all out.  What better place to start that practice that on the mat, bringing tapas or fire into our practice and lots of twists.  Try out one, two, or maybe all of these tips for letting go and you will come into the New Year feeling more vibrant and radiant than ever!

5 Tips for Yoga Detox

1. Asana (Physical Practice): Add lots of twists and heating postures into your practice.  Begin with lengthening the spine to create space to twist, perhaps through Downward Facing Dog, Crescent Lunge, and Chair Pose.  Move onto twisting postures to squeeze everything out!  Try Eagle Pose, Twisting Chair, and Lunge with Twisting Prayer.

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2. Sweat: Sweating is essential for elimination the toxins in your body.  This can be accomplished through a more intense yoga flow, a brisk walk, or even a house cleaning session.  Have fun with it!

3. Pranayama (Breathing Practice): Breath it out!  Try out some of these techniques for 10-20 minutes per day and I promise you will end your Pranayama session feeling like a new person!

4.. Food and Water:  Make sure to drink lots of water to flush the system.  Aim for a base of 64 ounces a day.  Coffee, soda, and the like don’t count.  Eat lots of alkaline foods as well such as fresh fruits and vegetables.  This will help to restore your system to a basic balance.  Green Smoothie anyone?

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5. Sleep: Make it part of your routine to get enough sleep. This various for everyone as to how much is enough.  A good way to find out is to go to sleep by 10 PM and see what time you naturally wake up without an alarm.  Do this for a few days and you will hit your stride!

What are you ready to let go of?  What do you want to create space for in your life?


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