Wednesday, 30 September 2015

September is yoga month-short practice to detox

September National Yoga Month was first introduced on the USA but is now becoming a global event. The aim of the national event was to encourage people to take up yoga to improve their health and wellbeing. 

In celebration of this, I am posting four short yoga practices for people who have not much time. Each practice is a complete practice, only short.  This week's yoga practice on my YouTube channel is a 20 minute practice to detox-'September is yoga month-20 minute detox'-

Why detox? Every day we take in toxins, through the air we breathe, the food we eat and even through our normal metabolism.  If these are allowed to accumulate in your body they will affect your immune system and eventually lead to degenerative disease.

Twists are a wonderful way to help the body detox and so several are included in the practice. When you move into a twist, stale blood is squeezed out of the abdominal organs and when you release the twist, the abdominal organs are supplied with fresh blood. This is B.K.S Iyengar's 'squeeze and soak' theory.  

We also work with the downward flow of energy with a standing Apanasana. This helps with elimination which also helps the body detox.  

The breath practice is Kapalabhati breathing which is a cleansing breath, not only for your body but for your mind. The forced exalation rids the body of stale air which accumulates in the lower lungs when we do not breathe as deeply as we might. Practicing this breathing technique allows fresh oxygenated air to replace the stale air exhaled which has a cleansing effect on the body and when the body becomes pure, the mind becomes clear.

The other yoga videos in this series are:-

'September is yoga month- Short practice to relax and unwind'

'September is yoga month- Short practice to energize' 

'September is yoga month-Short practice for stress relief'

I also have a wellness blog - '40plusandalliswell'- if you would like to take a look. 

Janet x

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