The silly season is well and truly over and now it’s time to commit to those New Year’s resolutions and get healthier. The liver is one of the largest organs in the body and plays an imperative role in our health. It does a great job of filtering toxins and harmful products from entering our bloodstream. If you had one too many glasses of sparkling wine over the New Year, these five yoga poses make it easier than ever ensure your Liver is strong and healthy.
For this posture, simply place your arms out wide. Let one leg roll across the body until your spine is stretched as far as you can go while remaining comfortable. Keep the shoulders flat on the floor. Look away from the leg that is across the body for a better stretch.
Because of the rotation of the spine caused by this position, your glutes and spine are stretched and it gives your internal organs a massage, it sounds strange but it’s true. This pose will leave your liver purified and revitalised as well as your general sense of well-being.
To complete this pose, simply stand grounded, feet hip’s distance apart and bend from the hinge of the hips forward. Allow your fingers to curl around and toes and for your head to fall forwards. Don’t worry if you can’t get your head all the way to your knees; this will come in time with practice.
This posture gives the liver a massage, as the body is folded over itself. This helps to get the stagnant blood moving and circulating properly. Every yoga pose has more than one benefit and this nifty move helps calm the brain and nervous system as blood rushes to the head. It’s also a great stretch for the whole body.
For this move place your hands on either side of your chest and begin to press the heart up and away from the floor, keeping the shoulders down away from the ears. You can press up part way and rest on your forearms, which is called ‘easy-hand’ Cobra, or press all the way up until your arms are straight. It can also be practised with the belly face down on the floor.
This posture stretches the whole length of the spine, and if done correctly, also stretches the muscles which help to hold your liver and other organs in place and all the way up to your neck muscles. The stretching of the abdominal wall also transfers to the liver and helps increase blood flow to this area of the body.
There are many types of yoga inversions including headstands, shoulder stand, handstand or even wide legged forward folds. Take your pick of any to detoxify your liver.
This posture works by turning the body, literally ‘on its head’ to reverse the flow of lymph and help the body rid itself of impurities that gather in different organs – including the liver.
These yoga postures also send blood flow to the ‘master’ gland, the pituitary, which regulates the entire endocrine system. When the lymph is moved through the body via an inversion, the lymphocytes can attack foreign bacteria and viruses, and the liver is free to work on things like heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins that may be within your body. When both the lymph system and the liver are cleansed together, the body enjoys greater health and less risk of disease. Paired with a healthy diet those yoga moves will have you ready to take on the day.
Four great yoga poses to help you detoxify your liver.
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