Yoga and the Detox
When I was thinking about the things I wanted to do to ‘get moving’ this month, I’ll admit…yoga was not the first thing that popped into my mind. I was reading “The Detox Solution” and as part of the chapter on boosting detox through enhancing circulation, Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald mentions yoga. According to her research, yoga does in fact support detox because,
“as you twist, bend, and stretch, your internal organs and spine are gently massaged. Thus cleansing and repair processes are stimulated.”
Although I’m only starting my yoga journey with some gentle moves, my cousin (the yoga expert!), tells me there are many poses aimed at detox specifically. Once I have mastered my morning and evening routine, perhaps they are something I’ll look into.
For those of us (myself included) who have a bit of a mysterious veil between us and yoga, here’s a list of types of yoga with a brief description of each. If you’ve ever watched friends, you’ll notice that all the titles begin with, “The One with..” or “The One where…”. Using this simple and ‘friendly’ technique, I’m going to give you the rundown.
Hatha – The One with the stretching, strengthening and balance that is the most popular in Western culture.
Sivananda – The One with the spiritual and gentle take.
Kundalini – The One with all the chanting and spiritual energy.
Bikram – The One with all the sweat and hot rooms.
Iyengar – The One where you hold it for a looonnnnggggg time.
Ashtanga – The One that is super quick and intense.
Restorative – The One that is explained by its name…or The One that is relaxed and rejuvinating.
Power Yoga – The One that’s a Western take on Ashtanga.
Hopefully my simplification hasn’t offended any hard core, yoga goers. If you’d like more information, or to see even more types of yoga, you can visit YogiSeeker.com .
I think the poses that I have set out for my mornings are Hatha and nights are Restorative, but I’ll have to check with Tamara on that one. They teach both of those as well as Ashtanga and Power at the Yoga Station, so it could be both!
If you are considering doing some Yoga, maybe you’ve bought a DVD or are watching me clumsily make it through a routine, I encourage you to try a few classes with an instructor. When you do poses differently than they are supposed to be done, you run the risk of injuring yourself. Even you take a class or two, just to find out if you are doing the poses right, you’ll benefit. I know that I will be checking in with Tamara every so often…just to make sure I haven’t fallen into bad habits! Check out my quick talk about Yoga at Home with Tamara before you start the yoga routines she’s helped me set out.
PS – We’ve been having some technical difficulties, but I PROMISE, the night yoga routine will be up soon!
What has your experience with yoga been? Have you had lots, none, good or bad?
- Yoga for Hip Pain (everydayhealth.com)
- Fitting Yoga Into My Workout Routine (everydayhealth.com)
- Pain, Injury & the Cool Revolution of Yoga. ~ Matthew Champoux (elephantjournal.com)