Twist into Spring

With springtime just around the corner it makes perfect sense that I feel I need to spring clean my body. Many of my clients tell me they are feeling the same way. Spring is a time to thrive and it is difficult to thrive if you are not feeling your very best.

So now that winter is almost over, (we hope) let’s take a bit of time to give our liver and gall bladder a little love. These organs work hard to detoxify our bodies by filtering toxins from food and our environment and to break down fats and eliminate excess hormones.

Along with increasing dark greens, mustard greens, kale, strawberries, blueberries, fresh lemon juice and sprouts, it’s time for our yoga practice to take a turn or shall I say a twist in a new direction. Yes more twists as well as sun salutations, forward folds, inversions and breath, that’s right more breathing!

Yogic breathing helps clear out carbon dioxide from the lung tissue, stimulates the organs of digestion and can, over time, retrain the diaphragm to move more freely. When the diaphragm moves with its natural fluidity, the abdominal organs are massaged and the lungs are fully emptied with every breath.

Here is a Yin Flow detoxifying yoga practice that will help you gear up for spring. If any posture causes you pain  or discomfort please exit the shape immediately. (Approximately 40 minutes).

Enjoy!

Cat/Cow (a few rounds)
Downward Dog peddle it out
Plank (hold 3 breaths, focus on lower belly engagement)
Downward Dog
Walk forward to dangling (2 minutes)
Roll up slowly to stand
Sun salutation (1 round ending in Downward Facing Dog)
Plank, drop knees
Pigeon pose right knee forward, walk arms and torso left (3 minutes)
Downward Dog
Plank, drop knees
Pigeon Pose left knee forward, walk arms and torso right (3minutes)
Downward Dog peddle it out
Plank (hold 3 breaths)
Lower all the way to floor
Sphinx ( Straighten right arm look over right shoulder, 1 minute, rest, repeat straighten left arm look over left shoulder, 1 minute)
Child’s Pose with a Twist (3 minutes each side)
Roll up, come to sit
Baddha Konasana (3 minutes)
Ardha Matsyendrasana (5 breaths a side)
Navasana (5 breaths)
Roll Down
Happy Baby (3 minutes)
Gentle Spinal Twist (2 minutes a side)
Legs up the Wall (3 minutes)
Savasana (5 minutes)

Hope to see you on the mat!

This blog post was originally posted by 889 Yoga on March 9, 2012. To view all related comments click here.