Awwwwwwwwwww yeah! Yoga challenge, bitches! And it’s serendipitous as this is a detox challenge and I am doing a juice cleanse. Don’t you love it when things come together like that?!
Day 1: For the first day of the challenge, we were asked to do a Forward Fold. Because it takes a good amount of flexibility to get to the full expression of this pose, many people think of it as a stretch. But as it’s inclusion in this challenge would suggest, it does more than that. When done properly, it also helps with digestion. In the Bikram dialogue, when we bend forward we are told that it is more important to keep our stomachs flat against our thighs than it is to straighten our legs. This compression of the intestines helps with digestion.
Day 2: I wore a skirt to work on day two and was not at all Revolved in my Side Angle Pose but that’s OK. Had I done it properly (as in the photo above) I would have worked on things like constipation, infertility and sciatica.
Day 3: Wide-Legged Forward Bend, you are one of my favorites. I was sure that Kino MacGregor would use the opportunity to pop up in to a headstand but as she didn’t, I decided to make it a little more interesting by inviting my friends to do the posture with me. Together we calmed our minds, relieved backaches and toned abdominal organs. Not too shabby!
Day 4: Marichyasana A is a pose dedicated to someone. I think that someone is a god but I am not 100% sure. Anyway, it is once again good for stimulating abdominal organs like the liver and kidneys which improves digestion.
Day 5: Butterfly Pose or Baddha Konasana is one of those postures where I am like “I am going to be able to do the full expression no problem” and then I get in it and I’m like “never mind.” Same basic benefits as above but now we are also stimulating the prostate gland and bladder! And pretending we’re back in ballet class, which is always fun.
Day 6: Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose or Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana is just such a happy posture. It’s like Tree but a little more fun. I’m not sure how this one is good for detox as it mostly works on balance, strength and flexibility. But we did this pose on the first day of my juice cleanse so
Day 7: Marichyasana B is a deeper variation of the posture done on day four. The addition of the half-lotus makes a posture that helps with the colon. Doing it on both sides means you will help with the ascending colon (left leg in half lotus) and descending colon (right leg). I went with the easier version but you can also take a bind behind the back with a bent knee – as seen in the link above.
Day 8: Revolved Triangle shows you what a big difference small adjustments can make. Triangle is a favorite pose but twisting it makes my balance tenuous at best. And then looking up at my hand! Wow! But it’s worth it as the posture is a hip opener, helps with backaches and stimulates abdominal organs.
Bring on days 9 through 31!