Feeling the effects of the weekend today? If you’re in need of a hangover cure why not head to ivy Pool Club this evening and take part in a free lululemon athletica yoga class as part of March into Merivale’s Monday Detox.
Not based in Sydney? No matter. We asked Persia Juliet, yoga teacher at InYoga and lululemon athletica ambassador to share her top five detoxifying yoga poses which are also great for helping to beat a hangover!
“This is a softer twist better used early on in your practice to warm the muscles of your body,” says Persia. “In this picture I’m using the fingertips of my hand on the floor to stimulate five meridian lines. But this can also be done with a flat palm or a block under your hand. Gently lift your belly in and up on your inhale and twist as you exhale. These movements encourage a stimulation to your digestive organs.”
“This is a powerful posture used for detoxification,” says Persia. “Just be mindful with shoulder or spinal injuries. To come into this pose lay down on your front side, with your legs together. Bend your legs at the knees and hold your outer ankles with your hands. Lift your shoulders as you inhale and press your shins back on the exhale. With a steady vision on the horizon stay here between five to 10 slow breaths.”
“This is a deep twist often used towards the end of your practice,” says Persia. “It’s superb for detoxifying your liver, kidneys, stimulating digestion and activating core muscles. In the photo my arms are bound which may not be accessible. To modify extend your lower leg straight and place your opposite elbow over your bent leg. Ground down equally through your sit bones. On your inhale lengthen your spine and then exhale to deepen the twist. Take a good five breaths here.”
“This is a gentle twist which rebalances your nervous system and eases you into rest in Savasana,” says Persia. “It’s great for beginners or anyone with mild back pain. Lying down, lift your knees over your hips. Exhale to rest your knees over to one side in a twist. Stay as long as you like and enjoy the soothing effect.”
“This a favourite pose which stimulates the thyroid, digestive organs and soothes the mind,” says Persia. “It’s worth folding up your mat one third to offer padding for your upper spine and have your head resting on the floor. Stay for as long as you feel no pressure or pain in your neck. To come out bring your hands onto your back to support rolling down slowly and rest with bent knees.”