In order to maximize the effects of a cleansing fast, integrating some cleansing stretches can be helpful. A stretch that elongates the abdominal and back muscles and strengthens those muscles can help aid the body with digestion. This can make it easier for your body to break down the raw foods you are consuming. It can also help to rid your body of toxins faster and more efficiently. The goal of a cleansing fast is to improve the function of the body’s organs, specifically the digestive organs and rid the body of toxins. By stretching regularly in combination with the fast you can help to make the cleanse as effective as possible. Yoga stretches are highly beneficial to cleansing fasts, due to the combination of the movements and the poses with the complementing breathing.
The lotus pose is typically used for meditation. It promotes proper posture and also helps to stretch and loosen the hips. The pose is similar to sitting cross-legged on the floor, but with a greater stretch of the legs and hips. The stretch is centered around proper back posture so begin by sitting upright on the floor. Lift your right foot with your hands and gently place it onto your left thigh. Lift your left foot with your hands and carefully place it on your right thigh. Aim to line up the feet with your hip joints and press your shoulders back to help strengthen your posture and elongate your torso. Practice slow and deep breaths as you sit in this pose.
The bridge pose helps to stretch, strengthen and elongate the abdominal muscles. It is also a basic starting point for more advanced stretches and poses. Begin by laying on the floor on your back with your arms stretched over your head and your legs out straight. Bend your knees so the soles of your feet are pressed to the floor and your knees are pointed towards the sky. Curl in your arms so your palms are pressed to the floor with your fingertips pointing back towards your feet. Press your abdomen upwards with your weight spread evenly between your feet and hands. Your body should now form an arch.
Bridge With Leg Raise
Advance the bridge stretch by adding a leg raise in the bridge. This helps to deepen the stretch and further elongate the body, specifically the core muscles which can be beneficial to digestion. Move into the basic bridge pose and hold the position. When you feel sturdy and comfortable in the pose slowly raise one leg off the floor. Your weight is now distributed between both hands and the foot that is still firmly planted on the floor. Bring the lifted leg up until the foot is pointed towards the sky. Point the toe on the raised foot up and keep the raised leg as straight as possible to maximize the stretch. Hold this position, keeping your breathing deep and controlled, then slowly return the raised leg to the ground. Repeat the stretch with the other leg.