Spring Cleansing with Kriya, Asana and Pranayama
By Yvette DuMouchel • May 7th, 2012 • 6417 Views
Spring has arrived once again and joyfully we begin to see budding flora & blooming fauna as they come out of winter’s hibernation. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver is related to this fresh and vibrant season in which it is strongly influenced by. It’s a great time to assist the body in its natural cleansing process by toning and strengthening the liver organ so it can efficiently process and remove toxins from the body. This in turn will help to strengthen other body systems such as the immune, digestive & endocrine systems which will help to increase energy levels, promote radiant & vibrant skin, maintain healthy weight for your body type as well as promote a deep sense of peace & well being.
There are many ways in which we can support the body to reach and maintain optimal health & wellness, exercise, nutrition, relaxation and a healthy positive attitude…to name a few! Here are a few tips on using kriya, yoga asana and pranayama for toning, cleansing & strengthening the entire body and mind:
- 3 Part Breath – Dirga Pranayama – deeply cleansing & grounding breath, helps to balance emotions, move stagnancy out of lungs, increases lung capacity, purifies toxins from the blood. *Incorporate this breath several times throughout the day to focus attention to the present moment*
- Kapalabhati Breath – Breath of Fire - cleanses the lungs & entire respiratory system, increases lung capacity, increases oxygen throughout entire body, massages digestive system improving overall function, purifies blood, brings balance into sympathetic and para-sympathetic parts of the nervous system, stimulates normal functioning of the endocrine system and tones abdominal muscles. *Beneficial for those that experience seasonal allergies*
- Twists – releases tension in the body, improves digestion, helps to “wring” out toxins from the spine and other internal organs, tones the spinal nerves and improves the functioning of the spinal cord, flushing & cleansing action of the kidneys & liver, brings balance into the nervous system, massages & tones abdominal organs making it helpful to eliminate constipation, brings balance into the adrenal glands & hormone production, beneficial for menstrual disorders, improves round shoulders. *Twists energize the body and can help give a boost when feeling sluggish or tired*
- Tapping (face, head, neck, shoulders, chest,...
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