The general health benefits of yoga have been touted for centuries yet I find it interesting when the Teachers tie specific poses to identifiable health concerns. The human liver is a the detox gate for our bodies. It detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. The liver also makes proteins important for blood clotting and other critical functions. A healthy liver depends so much on what we eat, yet here is a fine article on yoga poses to supplement our dietary efforts
“5 Yoga Poses To Strengthen Your Liver
The best way to have optimal health of the liver is through a satvic or a pure healthy diet. In addition to being mindful of what we ingest, certain yoga poses can also aid in strengthening this vital organ to help purify the body. Since the livers main function is to detoxify chemicals in the body from our environment and diet, this organ should get plenty of attention and care. Try these Yoga poses taken from the Ashtanga Yoga Primary sequence by Pattabhi Jois to help with cleansing the body thus bringing more vitality to your life!
Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana- Half Bound Lotus Standing Fold
Set Up: From standing, shift the weight into the leg you are going to balance on. Take a hold of the other leg bending the knee and placing the foot into the hip crease of the standing leg into half lotus or ardha padmasana. Reach the same arms as the bent leg behind the back and reach for the big toe. Activate the quad of the standing leg as you begin to forward fold over the leg on an exhale. Place the free hand flat on the floor inline with foot of the standing leg. Make sure to have a slight bend in the standing knee to activate the quad in turn releasing the hamstring, avoid hyper extending or locking the knee. Lower both hands to the floor if the bind is unavailable. Take 5 deep breaths. Benefits: Alleviates enlargement of the liver and spleen through applying pressure directly with the heel on these organs to stimulate them.”
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