When most people hear the word “detox,” they think of cleaning up their diet, but another great way to rid your body of toxins is through exercise. And it’s not all about sweat: When you engage in physical activity, your circulation increases, which in turn activates your lymphatic system, a network of vessels that filter waste products out of the body.
Any type of exercise can spur this process, but yoga enhances it by incorporating folding and twisting movements, which gently massage your organs and increase blood flow, says yoga instructor Seane Corn. “The deeper you breathe, the more opportunity you have to release residual toxicity [as carbon dioxide],” says Corn.
She notes that while no single yoga pose will deliver magical detoxifying effects, a consistent yoga practice can powerfully support lymph-system activity.
In our April 2013 Learn This Skill, world-renowned yoga instructor Seane Corn offers advice on how to perform a twisting triangle.
“Towards the end of the morning class, technical difficulties cut off Nichols’ microphone and the music, forcing participants to follow her movements by watching the Jumbotron in silence. The result? A yogic stillness we’re sure the plaza has never seen before.”
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