It’s Springtime!! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and it’s time for us to break out of our Winter cocoons. Spring cleaning is a tradition for many and it usually consists of clearing clutter out of our home and doing cleanses to clear stuff out of our bodies.
We can also practice spring cleaning on our yoga mats. Here’s is a short yoga sequence to do just that. In this sequence we are focused on twisting which helps to cleanse all the organs of digestion. As well, we are opening the inner and outer legs as they are energetically connected to the liver and the gallbladder respectively. In Chinese Medicine, these are the organs associated with the Spring, so it is timely to focus on their optimal functioning. The liver and gallbladder are responsible for essential bodily functions including proper digestion, metabolizing fats, carbohydrates and proteins, regulating blood sugar, processing many substances that we take into our bodies and aiding in elimination.
This sequence can be done anytime, just avoid doing right after a meal. Hope you enjoy!
PROVITA’S SPRING CLEANSING SEQUENCE
In a tall seated position, place hands on tops of shoulder. Inhale as you twist to the left, exhale as you twist to the right. Repeat 50 rounds of breath
Standing in tadasana. Reach arms overhead. Flip right palm up and grab a hold of right wrist with left hand then side stretch over to the left, opening the right side. Switch and repeat on left. Hold each side 5 breaths.
Interlace both hands overhead, flip palms up and gently lift your chest, arching over the back of the heart.
WIDE STRADDLE POSITION
Step feet wide, interlace hands behind back, lift chest, then fold forward. Hold for 5 breaths.
Release hands down and place under shoulders. Look forward then lunge into the right leg, bending right knee over right ankle, come through center then switch to the left. Repeat flowing back and forth for one breath each at least 3 times and then hold on the right side.
Optionally when holding, you can flip left toes up to sit deeper into the stretch.
Optionally you can bring hands to a prayer at the heart.
Optionally, you can extend right arm in front of right shin and press out to the side and reach the left arm up and gaze at the left fingers. Hold for 5 breaths. Switch sides.
STANDING SPINAL TWIST
From center straddle forward fold, turn your right foot out, raise your left heel and turn to frame your right leg with your upper body, coming to a low lunge. Release left knee to ground. Lift torso and bring hands to a prayer at the heart. Twist to the right bringing left elbow or back of left arm to the outside of the right thigh. Press the right hand down into the left so you twist through the center of your body and not just in your shoulders. If you feel stable, extend back knee off the floor. Hold 5 breaths
Frame your right leg with both hands. Extend your right leg, drawing your right outer hip back and allowing your left front hip to rotate down and forward. Fold over the leg. Optionally you can step the back foot in to ground the back heel down. Hold for 5 breaths.
Repeat both poses on the left side.
WIDE STRADDLE POSITION WITH CHEST STRETCH
Come back to a straddle position. Grab a hold of your outer right ankle with your left hand. Reach the right arm up then bend the elbow and grab for your left hip crease with your right hand. Optionally hold for 5 breaths. Reach the right arm back up and then grab for your left ankle with the right hand and switch sides.
Roll up to stand.
Have a healthy and happy Spring day!
About Danielle Karuna
As a former certified fitness trainer, Danielle has always been interested in movement and the human body’s capabilities. Danielle is an 800+ hour certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher & a Lululemon Ambassador with a goal to share the gift of yoga and wellness with as many people as possible. Provita is the embodiment of this belief in the transformational and healing power of yoga, fitness and wellness.