Looking for a great summer detox? There's no need to deprive yourself with a strict juice cleanse or a cabbage diet. The following 10 yoga poses will help your digestion, boost strength and flexibility, and leave you feeling your best. Take them one at a time or practice the entire sequence as a flow to feel lighter and happier this season.
10 Detoxifying Yoga Poses for a Summer 'Cleanse'
How-to: From Tadasana, bend your knees and drop your seat until your thighs are almost parallel to the ground. Spread your toes and dig into your heels for grounding. Bring your hands to heart center and widen your elbows to lengthen your side body in Chair Pose. Twist from the navel to the right and hook your left elbow onto your thigh or knee (it’s OK if your elbow doesn’t reach the leg—just twist as much as you can). As you inhale, lengthen your spine, and as you exhale, increase the twist. Stay for 5 breaths. Repeat on left side.
Why we love it: Twisted Chair strengthens the low back, increases flexibility, and tones the internal organs, especially the digestive system. Energetically, it helps you wring out what you don’t need.
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About Our Writer
Kristen Kemp, E-RYT 500, teaches 10 yoga classes a week to Type A adults who like it hot, wiggly kids who need to move and meditate, and even women prisoners who hope to relieve stress and anxiety. She's been a longtime writer for Scholastic, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The New York Post, and many more. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, kids, dogs, cat, chickens, and guinea pigs.