This is a tough month for us here at SZL. It’s freezing, which means we haven’t been able to spend time recharging in the great outdoors, and the short snowy days have left us feeling drained. Needless to say, we’re starting to feel cooped up, and we’re in need of some serious cleansing energy and refreshment! Step one? Detoxify. We found 5 yoga poses to help bring our inner sunshine back while we wait for the seasons to catch up with us. These poses involve lots of twists and spirals for removing toxins, and are stimulating for the digestive system and thyroid gland. We all could use a fresh start right about now, so breathe long and deeply into the poses, and as you exhale, let go of any stagnant energy that isn’t serving you anymore.

1.Three Legged Down Dog:

This version of Down Dog boosts circulation and moves fluid to the lymph nodes. It’s also stress relieving and calming. After five deep breaths, lower your leg and lift the other. If you want to add a hip opening stretch, try bending the knee of the lifted leg and reaching that toe towards your opposite shoulder.

2. Lunge Twist Repetitions:

Start in a high lunge with left foot forward, inhale to straighten legs and lift arms high. On exhale, come back down to

high lunge and twist, reaching right arm forward and left arm back. Inhale back to center, then twist the opposite way, keeping the left foot forward. Do 10 to 20 reps, then repeat with your right foot in front.


3. Seated Heart Opener:

During the cold season our bodies tend to contract, and hunch, which can problems breathing deeply. Sit on your shins and interlace fingers together behind your back, pressing palms together. Pull palms toward the ground and roll shoulders back to open your chest. Breathe deeply here for 5 breaths.

4. Plow with Twist:

Lie on back with knees bent, feet on the floor and arms by your sides. Soften knees and press arms into the ground to reach feet up toward the ceiling and then back past your head, making sure that your neck is supported and not bearing weight. When feet are planted on the ground by your head, clasp your hands around your back. Walk feet to the left side of head and, if you can, bend right knee to the ground outside left ear. If you want to go deeper, bend the left knee as well. Hold for 5 deep breaths and then walk your feet slowly to the other side.

5. Legs Up the Wall:

This soothing pose stimulates digestion and calms the nervous system. Using a pillow or bolster under the curve of your spine, lift your legs to rest against a wall. Fold your hands over your belly or open the arms wide with palms up for extra heart opening. Stay for at least a minute, and breathe deeply.

-Jules Bakshi