The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 5

On the fifth day of detox, atONE gave to me…

five yoga poses,
Adding 30-60 minutes of yoga to your daily routine aids digestion, elimination and detoxification through postures, breath and sweat.  Even 10 minutes of yoga every day allows you to feel the benefits of a regular practice. You may choose to seek out a convenient class near you or pick up a DVD to assist you with a home practice or simply enjoy a few poses each day. Committing to sun salutations every morning is a simple start. Practice before eating, particularly detoxing poses such as twists, forward bends and inversions, to aid in the process of cleansing.

Yoga-Paws shares 5 detox yoga poses you can easily incorporate into your day. When finished your morning meditation, wake up the body by taking a few minutes to move through these poses. Enjoy them before bed as you release the day in preparation for a good sleep. Find your way into the pose, inhaling and allowing the exhale to guide you into position, deepening the posture. The inhale lengthens the spine and lifts the heart, the exhale releases the belly and all tension and toxins as you sink deep into union with body, mind and spirit. Take as much time as you need, at least 5 long, slow, easy breaths in each pose. Nowhere to go, simply be in the posture, in the place you are, connected completely through breath. Take this time as a gift to yourself to be fully present in your body, in your breath, in your life… fully you.

Bonus Detox Tip #1 Rodney Yee slowly demonstrates sun salutations in this Gaiam clip.

Bonus Detox Tip #2  If you are up for a more vigorous practice, enjoy this kriya for detoxification from 3HO.

I could bonus you all day long with yoga postures, practices and possibilities as there are so many benefits to a regular, mindful practice, whether a few minutes of twists or 108 sun salutations. Widely available to explore today, find a method and practice that nourishes you. Experiment, play, add music or chant, take it outside and go deep within. Have fun with something you do just for you, something that leaves you feeling whole and happy.  Namasté.

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