Detoxification is not just eliminating toxins and unwanted waste from the physical body. A complete detox involves cleansing all the aspects of your being – physical, emotional, and spiritual. One of the best ways to indulge in a comprehensive detoxification process is to practice yoga. An effective yoga practice consists of Asanas [poses], Pranayama [breathing techniques], and Dharana [Meditation], the blend of which works across all realms of your being and empowers you for a better life. Here are nine ways yoga will help you detox this new year.
How does yoga promote overall detoxification?
1. Cleanses the stomach and liver
Yoga comprises of various poses that could help with detoxification of liver, stomach, and colon. As you hold the twists and forward bends for a considerable period, the organs are deprived of blood supply. Once you release the poses, blood surges into these places, encouraging the expulsion of toxins. A clean stomach and a healthy liver is the key to ideal digestion and weight.
2. Lengthens and stretches the body
Incorrect postures do more harm than good. And, given the nature of today’s work conditions, people sit for longer durations. Compromised body posture could set the stage for contaminants to occupy the cramped spaces. Yoga poses, especially the balancing and stretching ones, stimulate the muscles, thereby triggering toxin elimination. When the muscles restore their natural structure, blood resumes its flow to these spaces, encouraging toxin removal.
3. Enhances better blood circulation
Better the blood circulation is, the better the cleansing process will be. Only when the channels are clear, blood will flow into the cells and organs, ensuring their ideal functioning. Each yoga pose has a different role to play, and each promotes circulation differently. While the twists work on compression-release principles, backbends work by stimulating the spine. The forward bends compress the stomach and stretch the hamstrings. And so on.
4. Alleviates stress
Pranayama, the yogic breathing practices, could help to reduce stress and anxiety, two of the primary triggers of toxin accumulation in the body. High levels of stress promote the release of cortisol. Soaring cortisol levels lead to fat build-up, especially in the abdominal area. Elevated cortisol is also responsible for Type II diabetes, hypertension, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, to name a couple of dis-eases. Hence, it is essential to harness your stress.
Deep abdominal breathing is an excellent to alleviate stress. It is a simple practice that you can practice any time of your choice. All you need is a comfortable seated posture with an erect spine. Close your eyes and a take a couple of regular breaths to prepare your body and mind. Once you feel ready, take a slow, deep inhalation, allowing your belly to expand completely. Fill the abdomen with air. When the belly is full, exhale slowly and mindfully, through the nose, deflating the abdomen, allowing it to fall close to the spine. Repeat the practice ten to fifteen times for experience the energy shift.
5. Promotes mindfulness
Being in the present moment, without regretting the past and worrying about the future, is a beautiful experience. Worries and fears also lead to toxin aggregation. Science has proven that spending 10 minutes a day in meditation could teach you a better sense of mindfulness, thereby lowering toxin build-up in the body.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to meditation. Yes, there are countless ways you can meditate. Theta meditation is one of the best ways to indulge in the same.
6. Helps with conscious choice of food
Food guides your thoughts. While processed and unhealthy foods clog your mind by hindering blood flow to the brain, natural, healthy foods help in mindful thinking by toxin elimination. Regular practice of yoga poses and meditation could assist you in making better choices while doing grocery shopping. The inclusion of more fruits and veggies in your diet along with a good dose of protein will help with detoxification.
7. Inculcates better self-awareness and self-acceptance
Detoxification is all about loving yourself unconditionally. And, for that self-awareness and self-acceptance in a non-judgmental way is quintessential. Yoga poses and meditation could teach you the art of surrendering, thereby detoxifying you from within. Through these practices, you will be able to connect with your inner self in a better way, leading to unconditional self-acceptance and self-love.
8. Teaches to let go of the past
It is essential to live in the present to make the most out of life. But, acknowledging and accepting the past unconditionally and gratefully is the key to living in the present. Yoga teaches this art of acceptance and gratitude through which you can release the past by detaching yourself. Theta meditation gives you an opportunity to do this, by accessing your subconscious mind.
9. Promotes calmer sleep
Sleep is closely related to detoxification. When you are asleep, your body gets time to repair itself, thereby promoting the cleansing. Sleeping also helps to release stress and remain more patient, in turn, ensuring that your body and mind expels the contaminants. A gentle yoga routine before sleep or a 10-minute Theta meditation could help you with the same.
So are you ready to detoxify your body, mind, and soul this new year for a better you?
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