With my juice cleanse over, I have been working hard on keeping the lessons learned present in my day-to-day life. I am proud to say that I haven’t been snacking at all – but rather having four meals per day and drinking more water. I have made a conscious effort to have something healthy for lunch and because some people didn’t drink all of their juice, I’ve had a Sweet Greens every day around 4PM and feel all the better for it.
However, the yoga detox challenge continues, so here we go…
Day 9: Garbhapindasana or Embryo Pose is something I am going to have to work on. A lot. But it will be worth it as the benefits are many. Embryo pose relaxes the whole spine; also helpful for abdominal cramps as it strengthens all abdominal muscles. It will also relax your ego, which most people could benefit from. Just saying.
Day 10: Sun Salutations are simply the best. I really want to get to a place where I can consistently work through them without instruction. I’m getting there. Last night I did so in a dark room while hip-hop blasted (more on that in a later post). As a series of postures, a sun salutation has all kinds of benefits. Tadasana centers you while Uttanasana relaxes you and energizes the spine. Half Standing Forward Bend gives you confidence while Chaturanga makes you stronger. Cobra energizes the spine and Downward Facing Dog is grounding. And it’s just a lovely way to wake up in the morning.
Day 11: Peacock Pose said to invigorate and tone the digestive system as well as help flush out toxins from the body. Maybe one day I will be able to do this posture and let you know if that is the case. For now, I can not even begin to figure out where my arms are supposed to go in relation to my boobs and I just feel like I am jamming my entire body weight in to my stomach so we’ll move along to the next posture.
Day 12: Pasasana or Noose Pose is one of those poses that looks easier than it is. In addition to helping flexibility, it is a compression pose that will help flush out the intestines, kidneys and liver. And you look like a little bird which is always fun. Caw!
Day 13: Camel Pose I love you. It stretches the entire front of the body, the ankles, thighs abdomen and chest. It also strengthens your back muscles which improves posture. But more than anything, Camel Pose opens your heart up to the world. It is detoxing in that it doesn’t allow you to hold on to any negativity, do and you will fall out of the pose. You just have to give in. It’s lovely like that.
Day 14: Shoulder Stand fills me with the opposite emotions. I don’t hate it, I just don’t enjoy it at all. Which, apparently, is silly as article after article tells me there are ten reasons I should do the posture every day. Meh. I would much rather do a headstand.
Day 15: Parighasana or Gate Pose comes easily to me as it is mostly a question of flexibility. That said, it’s fun – looks good in a photo and both helps with respiratory problems (such as asthma, allergies, and flu) and, naturally – given the name of this challenge – aids digestion and elimination.
Day 16: Wheel Pose or Upward Bow can be impossible for me on some days and energizing on others. While it has some obvious benefits, for the purpose of this challenge, it stimulates the thyroid and pituitary glands and helps with asthma.