Double detox

Posted on April 6, 2012

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I arrived at Flow Yoga yesterday morning … my regular fix with Bram and one sorely missed when in Paris / Scotland the last couple of weeks. No class is ever the same and yesterday he announced we were doing Detox Yoga … had he predicted that I was fighting off the onset of a wicked cold and perhaps needed to extract the crap? Or maybe he was just anticipating all the Easter eggs that might be consumed this weekend!

Needless to say, this was yet another great class and a learning experience in finding out exactly what poses and postures help us to detox. The key details are these:

  • There are three main systems of the body that play a crucial role in eliminating waster  … circulatory, digestive and lymph
  • The circulatory system pumps blood throughout the body, delivering oxygen to and carrying waste products away from cells. The digestive system processes the food we eat, separating nutrients from waste and eliminating anything the body doesn’t need. And the lymphatic system collects intracellular fluid from throughout the body and transports it to the lymph nodes where anything harmful, bacteria for example, can be removed before the lymphatic fluid is returned to the bloodstream
  • It’s a pretty robust system that works well on its own BUT … and there’s always a BUT … these days we put heavy demands on our bodies … late nights, naughty treats, wining and dining etc so these systems need work really hard

ENTER Detox Yoga then which assists our bodies in its natural detoxing function.

  • Detox Yoga focuses on postures that cause us to twist and turn, stretch and compress.  This facilitates the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide, lactic acid and lymphatic fluid from the deep tissues and extremities of the body that a run or a cycle just don’t reach
  • These postures also help to massage our organs and thereby, stimulate our digestion and encouraging circulation
  • Yogic breathing also plays an important role in promoting detoxification. Even now as I type, I’m probably hunched over my Mac which impedes the lungs from inflating fully
  • Stress, in fact, can directly result from a clenched diaphragm. As a result, we don’t take in as much life-sustaining oxygen when we inhale … or expel as much of the potentially hazardous carbon dioxide when we exhale
  • Detox Yoga also of course, helps to detox our minds. When we’re holding any form of stress, fear or depression, that attitude creates toxic thoughts. Yoga helps purge those toxic thoughts by moving our awareness away from our chaotic minds and back to the present moment.

I left feeling cool and chilled … the calm before the storm it turns out as I then spent a couple of hours trying in vain to locate the Chinese Embassy for a visa for my next trip.  With the temp at 40c and the sun shining its brightest … combined with my car air con currently blowing hot air, I returned home feeling slightly less cool and chilled.  Needless to say, after sweating profusely for the duration, I imagine my detox efforts were rendered complete … certainly a far cheaper option than a celebrity-filled detox retreat and (arguably) less painful than some 21-day detox liquid diet!

So here’s to twists and turns …

Here’s to eliminating toxins, both tangible and intangible …

And here’s to AC … or at least a unit that works.

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