Updated: Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012, 2:44 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 07 Sep 2012, 1:41 AM EDT
Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - Your body works hard every day to detoxify itself when we are asleep, through the process of digestion even through the breathing process. The 3 main organs of detoxification are the liver, which filters our toxins from food, your colon flushing out toxins through the elimination process and your kidneys that filter your blood and remove toxins through urination.
By performing theses 3 tips, you can assist the body with its natural functions.
Seated Twist – This pose squeezes the abdominal organs and stimulates digestion and elimination. Sit on the floor with one leg extended and one knee bent. Take your bent knee side hand to the floor behind your hip and your hip and your extended leg arms around the bent knee shin. Sitting up tall through the spine and the crown of your head take a deep inhalation and then exhale as you twist the torso towards the bent knee. You can stay here and practice mindful breathing inhaling to lengthen and exhaling deeper into the twist. Return to center and take a few effortless breaths enjoying the sensations before trying the second side.
Inversions – Legs up the wall – This pose encourages circulation of blood and lymph from the feet and legs. Sit sideways close to a wall and then roll to your back with your legs positioned directly up the wall. You can add a cushion or blanket beneath your hips for added comfort and elevation. Relax this way enjoying the sound of your breath with your arms overhead, in cactus or simply extended to a T. Feel the benefits of draining stale fluids from the lower body. When you are done, roll to one side and relax for a few moments more before returning to seated.
Pranayama – Breath control. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to get more of the blood's waste, or carbon dioxide, out of the body. Take a comfortable seat, set a timer if needed and close your eyes. Begin to focus your mind on the sound of your breath, then the feel of your breath. Start to count the rhythm of your breath, and try to create an equal breathing pattern. Stay this way for a while letting your mind be clear of active or thinking thoughts. Even if you are unsuccessful at first- keep trying and coming back to your breath. Soon you will have cleared the mind and helped your body!
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