Friday, February 29, 2008
Yoga and Detox Cleansing
Detox days 3 and 4 completed.
Part of my detox program calls for practicing yoga daily.
The following is what the authors of the book the 7-Day Detox Miracle have to say about yoga and detox:
"The benefits of yoga for detoxification are unequaled. In my experience, people who practice yoga regularly are by far the healthiest of all our patients. Our personal experience confirms that yoga training is ideal for attaining optimized health. Yoga encourages the proper circulation of blood and lymph fluids, enhances digestion, reduces nervous tension, strengthens the endocrine system, lubricates the joints, reduces excess fat, improves concentration, and provides resistance to hunger and to the extremes of hot and cold. Every organ system in the body benefits from yoga."
Another book on detox cleansing, based in Traditional Chinese Medicine is The Tao of Detox by Daniel Reid. The author writes at great length about yoga. Here is just part of what he has to say:
"…One should practice yoga on a daily basis throughout the duration of any detox program. The soft, slow, smooth movements…, in conjunction with slow, deep, rhythmic breathing, gently pump the lymph through the system, while also assisting to circulate blood…facilitating rapid drainage of toxins from the tissues and swift delivery of wastes to the eliminatory organs.
…Most importantly, deep breathing, especially in conjunction with rhythmic body movements, immediately produces a state of physical and mental relaxation required to switch the nervous system into the healing, restorative mode.
…one of the primary functions of yoga is to activate the body’s innate self-cleansing and healing mechanisms.."
Anyone that practices yoga is aware of the many healthy benefits of yoga for mind, body and spirit. The fact that every time I practice yoga I am helping to detox and cleanse my body, adds yet another reason for me to roll out the mat every day.