You know all about the mind-mending, soul-sending benefits of yoga, but how about the physical ones? It can be easy to get caught up in the specific moves of a pose without appreciating what it’s really doing for your body. That’s why we’re launching our “Ultimate Yoga” series this week. Each day we’ll focus on a different part of our anatomy and explain the best poses for it. This will help you appreciate all the good you’re doing for your body while you’re having those heart-opening ‘Aha!’ moments.
Today we’re going to start with poses that work our internal organs, specifically the kidney and liver. Twisting poses like the revolved lunge or Parivrtta Anjaneyasana are the best to stimulate them. The wringing action of this pose puts pressure on your vital organs, encouraging them to release toxins and waste. It also activates blood flow and pushes old blood out and while allowing new blood to flow.
Take a look at this sequence and try adding it to your daily stretching routine. Two other variations of this pose include the twisting chair pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana) and the seated twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana).
These poses won’t necessarily undo a night of heavy binging, but they will help purify your body and eliminate some of the daily damage we all have a tendency to do.