Twisting and Detoxification

Twisting postures create a "wringing" effect on the abdominal organs. This helps to flush the liver and other organs, directing blood and lymphatic fluid into the larger vessels of the cardiovascular system, eliminating toxins.

The abdominal muscles are the core prime movers in the twisting postures. Combine them with other muscular synergists of the twist. For example, in twisting siddhasana, the sternocleidomastoid, latissimus dorsi and triceps of one side assist the biceps and hamstrings of the other side to accentuate the twist.

Combine the actions of various muscles to create synergy in your posture. Contract the posture's synergists to lengthen the antagonists.

These illustrations demonstrate that contracting the rectus abdominus, iliopsoas, quadriceps, deltoids and biceps in prasarita padottanasana stretch the erector spinae, hamstring and gastrocnemius muscles.

Hamstring Muscles
Detox Diet Basics

Detox Diet Basics

Our internal organs, the colon, liver and intestines, help our bodies eliminate toxic and harmful  matter from our bloodstreams and tissues. Often, our systems become overloaded with waste. The very air we breathe, and all of its pollutants, build up in our bodies. Today’s over processed foods and environmental pollutants can easily overwhelm our delicate systems and cause toxic matter to build up in our bodies.

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  • Arwen Hughes
    What are the stabilizer muscles in prasarita padottanasana?
    5 years ago
  • Roderick Cunningham
    How to stretch your hamstrings?
    5 years ago

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