There are two types of toxins, those that can be found externally or internally. A few examples of external toxins would be pollution, pesticides or second hand smoke. Bad bacteria and yeast create dangerous toxins right inside your body. A low-grade, chronic viral infection and chronic stress, anxiety or negative thinking all add to the total body burden of toxins. Your food also has more toxins than you think! Between the pesticides and processed foods which are full of chemicals and additives it can cause weight gain, cravings, food allerfies and even poor digestive health. You can fix this problem by choosing more organic foods as well as fruits and vegetables that are grown without pesticides. When I went vegan I researched and educated myself on the harmful ingredients that they put in our food…but it’s not only our food…they even put them in our beauty products ladies! I was disgusted and threw out so many bottles of lotions, body washes, shampoo, conditioner, soaps, perfumes tons of makeup etc. because the products we use to look our best are the biggest source of aging and other adverse symptoms… they are FULL of toxic chemicals. Some important ingredients to avoid in your beauty and personal care products are: sodium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, triclosan (found in antibacterial products), Parabens (Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben), mineral oil, petroleum, Diethanolamine DEA, Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, talc, lanolin and phthalates. – ( http://bodyecology.com/articles/top-5-sources-of-toxins.php#.VLiqdPRDuSo ). To reduce your exposure to toxins in beauty and personal care products, make sure to read ingredient labels on your personal care products. Anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. I now use vegan lotions, makeup, perfume, soaps etc. and it smells so good! Most of them can be found right on Etsy or in a local health store. Juice Beauty by Alicia Silverstone is probably one of my all time favorites. Your skin will feel so refreshed after the face wash and lotion..it’s great!
Here are specific yoga moves that will release the toxins from your body as well. I love adding these to my classes for my clients because most people do not know that they are even able to do this just by simply moving the body into different positions.
1. Wide-Legged Forward Bend
-Stand with your feet four or so feet apart, heels turned out slightly wider than the toes. Standing tall, interlace your hands behind you, pressing the heels of your palms together in a double fist.
-Take a deep breath in, and slowly fold forward at the waist, lowering your hands as far as you can. Keep the spine long and straight as you breathe for five deep breaths. Engage your legs, and slowly rise up to stand.
This is a great pose for opening tight hamstrings. It also reverses the pull of gravity and encourages the circulation of blood throughout the body as well as fluid to your lymph nodes. The folding downward also squeezes the belly in which will allow things to move along for digestion.
2. Three-Legged Downward Dog
-Come onto your hands and knees, so your hands are shoulder-width distance apart, with your knees directly below each hip. Tuck your toes and straighten your legs, coming into Downward Facing Dog.
-Keeping your shoulders parallel with the floor, step both feet together and raise your right leg into the air. Bend the right knee and align the hips stacked on top of eachother shifting the weight to the left side of your body keep your heel close to your glute while looking under your right armpit After five deep breaths, lower the leg and repeat this pose with the left leg lifted shifting the weight to the opposite side.
Holding your head below your heart and your leg lifted in the air in this variation of Down Dog encourages blood to circulate throughout the body, as well as move fluid to the lymph nodes. If your upper body is strong, this pose can also be very relaxing, which aids in mental detox as well, releasing stress, fear, and sadness.
3. Seated Heart Opener
-Begin seated on your shins.
-Interlace your hands behind you in a double fist, pressing the heels of your palms together. Pull your pressed palms toward the floor, opening through the chest and shoulders.
-After five breaths, release your hands.
Poor posture can stifle proper lung function, and doing this Seated Heart Opener encourages lengthening of the spine so your lungs can fully expand and contract with each breath. Healthy, deep breathing encourages the body to eliminate carbon dioxide, lactic acid, lymphatic fluid, and other wastes.
4. Seated Spinal Twist
-Begin seated on your mat with your legs extended in front of you. Bend both knees, and place your left heel as close to your right sit bone as you can. Cross your right foot over your left knee, and plant it on the floor so your outer right ankle is next to your left knee.
-Reach your right arm behind you, and place your palm on the floor. Cross your left elbow over your outer right thigh to gently increase the twist.
-Gaze behind you and over your right shoulder, staying here for five breaths. Then release the twist, straighten your legs out in front of you, and do this pose with your left knee pointing up.
Twisting poses are all about aiding in digestion, which encourages the elimination of wastes. Take this Seated Spinal Twist as deeply as you want to go.
5. Head to Knee
-Begin in a seated position with both legs straight out in front of you.
-Bend your right knee, and hold your right foot with your left hand. Bring your right arm under your right leg, and reach around to grab on to the arch with your right hand.
-Pull your right toes down gently, and place the sole of your right foot against your left inner thigh so your right heel is pointing up.
-Lengthen through the spine, and fold your torso over your left leg. Place your hands on the floor on either side of your leg or on your shin. If your hamstrings and hips are more flexible, reach for your foot — the right hand holds the left wrist.
-Rest your forehead on your leg, and stay here for five breaths. Continue lengthening the spine as you relax the shoulders away from your ears.
-Then release your hands, sit up, and switch sides.
This pose is meant to gently massage and stimulate your inner organs.
-If you’re new to this pose, sit facing a wall. Place your clasped fingers and head on the floor about eight inches or so away from the wall.
-Straighten your legs, and walk your feet toward your head. Bend one knee, and tuck it into your chest. Using your abs and hamstring flexibility, lift your other leg off the floor so both knees are tucked into your chest, in a pose called Bound Headstand Prep: Tuck.
-With complete control, slowly lift and straighten both legs up, coming into Bound Headstand. If balancing is hard, bend one knee and place the sole of your foot on the wall.
-Hold for five, 10, or more breaths. Then slowly bend your knees into your chest, lower your feet to the floor, and rest in Child’s Pose.
Headstands removes toxins in the circulatory and lymphatic systems. This is also a pose that’s typically held for 10 breaths or longer, and focusing on taking deep breaths clears out carbon dioxide from the lungs.
I hope this was helpful and you take a few minutes to remove those toxins today!
Love & Light,