Are you ready to take your yoga training to the next level? It’s not all about bulking up muscles…it’s also about bulking up breath. So, grab your travel mat, take it outside and let’s start detoxing!
Deep breathing, where you fill your belly and expand your diaphragm downwards, is one of the most powerful exercises you can do to activate your lymph system which helps to detoxify your body. Think of your lymph system as your own personal garbage removal system (which most of us will need in full steam).
Practice 10 deep slow breaths counting 4 seconds in, 8 seconds hold and 8 seconds out. You can do this exercise while listening to people talk, reading, driving, watching tv, walking the dog, during meditation or while exercising. There is no excuse not to do this. You don’t even need any yoga equipment!
According to the ‘Tao of Natural Breathing’ up to 70% of our body’s waste products are eliminated via our lungs and the rest through the urine, skin and feces. When the efficiency of our lungs is reduced due to poor breathing and less oxygen is available to our cells, it slows down the flow of blood which carries waste from the kidneys and lungs. Our lymphatic system, which fights off viral and bacterial invaders, becomes weakened along with a slower digestive process.
Breathe long, slow and deep in a mindful state as often as possible. You can even try humming while you exhale. It’s very relaxing!
Phoebe is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.
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