There are plenty of yoga practices to detox your body and mind from within, and get a relaxing therapy of deep cleansing through inner healing.
Accumulated stress, the strain on your nervous system due to daily hectic activities, blocked energy chakras, and many more such toxic things can make you sick from within. All these bad energies residing inside you restrains you from living life to its fullest. The toxicities in the body make your skin look dull, lead to weight gain, cut down your energy & enthusiasm, make you stress a lot, bother your emotional intelligence, and hinder your progress as an individual.
A healthy body leads to a healthy mind, a healthy mind configures a positive attitude, a positive attitude gives a sense of confidence, calmness, and ultimate salvation. All these great things can be achieved when your body, vital organs, the inner system is free from the toxins. Explore these yoga practices to detox, and get ready for deep cleaning of your mind, body, and soul.
1. Camel pose
Camel pose helps to remove the toxins from the circulatory system and lymphatic systems. Opens up the chest and induces deep breathing which flushes out the toxins from the lungs. The yoga practice increases the blood flow to the face giving a healthy glow. It also aids in strengthening the digestive system, a primary source for toxin removal.
2. Seated Twist
Twisting poses are commonly correlated with detoxing. Any form of compression and gentle twist and turns to the torso gently aids in flushing out the toxins from the digestive system. The more it strengthens the digestive system, the easier it becomes to move out the waste and toxins through the intestines. It is also very beneficial to unblock the energy through hip flexors.
3. Wind relieving pose
This is one of the important yoga practices to naturally clean your system. It makes sure the health of your gut is in good condition. This yoga pose is a powerful asana that can heal gastrointestinal problems. By stimulating the movement of the bowels, it can get rid of waste materials from the body. This yoga practice boosts metabolism along with relieving constipation, indigestion, acidity, and removing belly fat.
Dhanurasana or bow pose can stimulate your reproductive organs and work as a fatigue buster and stress reliever. The asana can also tone your leg and arm muscles. It activates your energy chakras. It can also enhance abdominal and spinal flexibility as well as improve their strength and shape.
5. Kapalbhati Kriya
Often when we inhale or simply breathe normally, there is not a complete exchange of air in the lungs. This leads to the suspension of stale air at the bottom of the lungs. Kapalbhati is the best cleaning process to fully exchange the air throughout the lungs. Successive, rapid, and forceful exhalation of air totally cleanses the toxins from the lungs and increases the oxygen supply in the body. This gives mild exercise to the lungs and thus increases the capacity of the lungs.
6. Anulom Vilom
This yoga practice cleanses the nerves of a practitioner. With the right thumb, close the right nostril & breathe in through the left. Then close the right nostril with the ring finger & breathe out through the right. Breathe in again from the right nostril & breathe out from the left. This completes one round of Anulom Vilom. This practice not only improves our breathing pattern & lung capacity but also brings calmness to the mind & heartbeats in rhythm.
7. Bhastrika Pranayama
Bhastrika pranayama refreshes your physical and mental wellbeing. It improves blood circulation and increases blood and oxygen supply to the brain. It gives a powerful boost to the respiratory system and creates a favorable respiratory tract. This pranayama is known to be a mind-body energizer. It gives mild exercise to the lungs, detoxifies them, and cures a cold & flu. It is very beneficial in treating lung fibrosis.
Shuddhikriyas or Cleansing Processes play a very important role in detoxifying and internal cleansing. These cleansing processes are six in number; hence referred to as Shatkriyas. They are Dhauti, Basti, Neti, Nauli, Tratak, and Kapalabhati. Out of these – Tratak (cleansing of eyes), Kapalabhati (cleansing of the sinus), Agnisar (a type of Dhauti for digestion), and Nauli (for cleaning stomach) can be practiced daily. However other cleansing practices can be practiced with a gap of 15-30 days.
The purpose of these cleansing yoga practices is to remove the toxins or impurities in our bodies. Yoga asanas can be practiced effectively if the body is pure; henceforth cleansing the impurities of the mind too. Consult a yoga expert before attempting cleansing kriyas.