MOVE IT MONDAY: DETOX FLOW BY SARAH LEVEY IN YOGASMOGAMay 9, 2016 1:49 pm
This month is all about focus–assessing our habits and revisiting the goals we all set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. For many of us, clean eating and working out might have slipped down our priority list, which is why we asked Sarah Levey of y7 studio to give us another flow–this time to detox our organs. According to her, when you are in twisted postures, you essentially compress your digestive organs. By doing so, there is a lack of circulation to these body parts and when you release the twist, there is a rush of fresh blood that floods to your digestive organs. Fresh blood flow equals fresh oxygen and nutrients–increasing the digestive system’s ability to function. This re-introduction of fresh blood can also help to cleanse the cells of any built up waste, as the increased circulation yields cellular detoxification. Twisting poses can also help to move stagnated impurities and gas through your digestive tract, due to the compression that comes with twisting. Twists are also wonderful postures to help you deal with stress or anxiety as they open the chest, shoulders and back–all of which can help to decrease feelings of anxiousness!
Begin in downward facing dog. With your hands and feet parallel, lift your hips toward the ceiling. Step both feet forward in between your hands and let your head hang, relaxing the neck. As you inhale, raise both arms up, bend the knees and sit the hips back coming into chair pose.
Staying twisted, bring the gaze down toward your feet and begin to put all of your weight into your left foot, bringing the right foot off the ground and slowly stepping the right toes to the back of the mat landing in a twisted low lunge. Inhale and exhale. On your next inhale release the hands from prayer and open the arms into a high twisted lunge.
Stay here for a few breaths straightening the back leg and bending deeper into the left leg. On your next inhale rise up to high lunge stay for the exhale and bring both feet together at the front of the mat. Begin to bring the right fingertips down about 6 inches in front of the right foot. Raise the left leg toward the sky, opening up the hip into half moon pose. Stay here for a few breaths and on your next exhale bring the left foot back down to the mat.
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