We have officially reached the half way point in our cleansing journey!
If you are bit behind, check out yesterday’s blog on smudging here.
Today’s cleansing tip is a simple yoga pose to encourage cleansing in the body.
We can talk forever about the healing benefits of yoga but I’m sure you’ve heard it all before so I won’t bore you with that. Instead, I’ll just say that yoga is not what we may often find here in the yoga studios in the states. Many of the yoga classes around today focus on athleticism and fitness, which can be intimidating. I’m all for using something you like to stay healthy and in shape, so I don’t bash or dislike the idea of yoga as fitness, but I want to be clear that yoga can look a lot of different ways.
I obtained my training in Viniyoga, or yoga therapy. This is a style of yoga that takes the focus away from the strength or flexibility of the body and focuses on utilizing yoga for healing. We focus heavily on the breath and utilize tons of modifications to create ease in each of the poses. This allows the body, mind, and soul to heal.
Today’s yoga pose is Revolved Abdomen. This pose incorporates twisting of the abdomen which increase blood flow to your organs, enhances digestion, and encourages movement of waste.
Here’s how its done:
- Lay on your back
- Focus on your breath. Inhale and exhale a few times slow and steady, through your nose. Close your eyes, if that’s comfortable
- On an exhale, bend your knees and bring them towards your chest while fanning arms on the floor to shoulder height to create a “T”
- Inhale and on the next exhale rotate knees towards one side, turning head in opposite direction. Only go as far as is comfortable.
I recommend placing a blanket or pillow on the floor to support your knees
- Take several deep breaths
- Inhale, rotate knees back to the middle
- Exhale, rotate to the opposite side
This is one set. Repeat this for 3-5 sets. When complete, return to laying with legs flat and bring your focus back to your breath.
If you are someone who already has a yoga practice, this is a great pose to incorporate at the end your practice. For those who don’t normally practice yoga, this is a great pose to include in your day, whether it is in a stretching routine or just in your night or morning ritual. It only takes a few minutes and is great for your body. Bring in some of your other cleansing practices as well by smudging before practicing this technique to clear your space and drinking warm lemon water after to continue to encourage digestion.
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In Perfect Love,