Yoga is an ideal way to strengthen and stretch your muscles, but it has also been used to help detoxify the body. Detoxification is the process of eliminating toxins and waste from the blood, digestive system, and lymphatic system. Although the body is made to do this naturally every day, you can encourage the effectiveness of this process by doing certain twisting poses during your yoga practice. Here is one yoga position that will not only help in your detoxification process, but also reinvigorate your spirit.


Seated Twist

Step 1

Sit on your mat with your legs extended out in front of you and your spine elongated from your tailbone to the crown of your head.

Step 2

Bend your right leg and bring your foot in towards you, placing it flat on the floor just in front of your right buttock.

Step 3

Place your right hand on the floor behind you for support, and reach your left arm up beside your ear. 

Step 4

Bend your left elbow and bring it down across your body and hook it outside of your right knee. Keep the hand open and facing towards the right side.

Step 5

Use the tension between your left elbow and right knee to rotate your torso open to the right. Continue to extend upward through the crown of the head as you twist deeper. Bring your gaze to the right or behind you, but be careful not to strain your neck. Hold here for five rounds of breath and then release. Switch sides.