Friday, July 6, 2012
Need to detox? Do a little twist.
Twists are a great way to flush out toxins that tend to build up in our bodies. If my husband (who is so not into yoga) is reading this, he's probably shaking his head in skepticism, and maybe you are too. But it's true. Here's why -
Twists can help eliminate lactic acid from the muscles, lymphatic fluids from the spleen and the byproducts of last night's alcohol consumption from the liver. Twisting helps squeeze the internal organs (in a safe and healthy way of course), allowing the toxins to seep out and new fresh blood to seep in. Think of twisting a dish rag to squeeze out all the dirty water from it and soaking it in fresh water again.
So have I won you over on twisting? Here are two simple twists you can do at any time.
Seated spinal twist - Sit on the ground with your legs extended out in front of you. Bend your right knee and place the sole of your right foot on the floor. Twist your upper body to the right and look over your right shoulder. Hook your upper left arm on the outside of your right thigh and press your left arm into your right leg to help you twist a little deeper. Breath in this position for 12 breaths. On each inhale, think of extending your spine a little higher towards the ceiling. On each exhale, think of twisting a little bit more deeply. Release. And do it again on the other side.
Reclining spinal twist - Lay on the ground with your back to the floor. Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet to the floor. Drop your knees to the left, so that the left side of your left leg is on the floor and your right leg is stacked on top of your left. Extend your arms on either side of you, so your upper body forms a "T." Twist your torso to the right and look over your right shoulder. Try to bring your right shoulder blade to the ground. If it doesn't touch the ground, that's completely fine. Just imagine it moving in the direction of the ground. Breath here for 12 breaths. Release. And do it again on the other side.