Yoga to Support Liver Function

After the skin, the liver is the largest organ in the body. A healthy liver is mind to our health. Its main job is to receive what passes through our intestines and ensure that the toxins and carcinogens stay out of our bloodstream. Many people who practice yoga believe that these 5 poses help the liver process and remove wastes from the deep tissues and the various parts of the body.

Garland Pose (Malasana)

Start by squatting with your feet as close together as possible. Try to keep heels on floor.

Separate thighs slightly wider than torso.

Exhale and lean torso forward to fit between thighs.

Press elbow against inner knees.

Bring palms together in Salutation Seal.

Use your elbows to resist your knees closing to lengthen torso.

(advanced move)

Press inner thighs against torso if possible and reach arms forward then swing them out to sides and bring your shins into your armpits. Clasp back heels.

Hold for 15-30 seconds, then inhale, straighten knees and stand.

Revolved Half Moon (Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana)

Start in triangle pose and lean forward.

Place hand 6-12 inches abouve pinky toe side of foot.

Keep other hand on your top hip for balance.

Lift back leg hip level.

Once stable, gaze straight down toward standing foot and roate body until chest faces mat.

Revolve the hands, hand from hip now reaches the floor and the other hand extends skyward.

Hold for 12-15 breaths.

Repeat on other side.

Marichi’s Pose (Marichyasana)

In a comfortable seated position, place legs straight in front.

Lengthen spine and engage core.

Bend right knee and plant sole of right foot on outside of extended left knee.

Inhale and lift arms and spine towards ceiling.

Exhale and twist over right shoulder.

Right hand follows gaze behind back as left elbow presses against outside of right knee.

Deepen twist.

Stay for 4-5 breaths and repeat on other side.

Seated Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

From a comfortable seated position, sit with a tall spine and engaged core.

Inhale and raise your arms.

Lengthen spine.

As you exhale, twist torso towards the right.

Gaze over right shoulder.

Plant right hand behind you.

Bring left hand to right knee.

Deepen twist.

Stay for 5-7 breaths.

Repeat on other side.

 

 

Try these yoga poses that may help support your mind and liver functions!
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