Toxic Truths – The Truth About Detoxifying through Yoga

toxic truths yoga

You know what I find pretty funny?  People on juices fasts that are angry and stressed I don’t find this funny like look at those nuts! But rather funny as in Alanis Morissette ‘isn’t it Ironic… don’t cha think’ funny.

There are two types of toxins – the tangible ones and the intangible ones.  Tangible toxins come in various forms, all related to what we physically put into our body.  These encompass everything from alcohol, to processed foods, to pollution, chocolate, chemicals and more.  Western society obsesses over these toxins, which generally result in people doing painful fasts and juice cleanses on the one hand, and eliminations of products and centuries old viable food sources on the other.

Intangible toxins come in the form of emotions – anger, stress, worry, grief, sadness, and extreme excitement, primarily.  In traditional Chinese medicine each of these emotions is processed by a specific organ – stress in the liver, fear in the kidneys, worry in the spleen, for example.  These toxins are eliminated in the same way the ingested tangible ones are, and are equally toxic to our system.

Now back to Alanis…

So when someone is juice fasting to get clean (i.e. attempting to eliminate physical toxins from their system) but are stressed or angry because of the challenge and logistics of it all, life, or really just because they are starving, they are actually adding a plethora of toxins to their body.

Even if you eliminate all the physical toxins from your diet and surroundings (which, by the way, is impossible), you can still be creating toxins with your mind.  These toxins, intangible as they may be, will equally affect your tangible physical body… and juice isn’t the solution.

Yoga, especially the style I have created at I.AM.YOU., focuses on both the tangible and intangible toxins.  We use the poses to sweat out, wring out, detox out the physical system.  We then use the breathing, dedication, and moving meditation of it all to manage creation and elimination of toxins in the subtle, interior body and mind.  When done correctly, the combo is far more effective than six juices a day, and way more tasty and satisfying as well.

Here are 3 tips to do to keep your entire system clean (kale not needed):

1.  Chill.  Not in your career or life adventurous, or as a sloth on the couch, but in your mind.  Remember that whatever you are feeling or experiencing is transient. It too shall pass.

2.  Eat normally.  Normally for the homo sapiens we have evolved to be over the past thousands of years.  Generally speaking, 60+% vegetables, 20% lean and clean fish and red meat, and 20% other, including things you like.

3. Sweat.  This is a crucial aspect to keeping the organs and the system that you already have to ward off toxins in shape.  Just a few minutes a day, or selection of I.AM.YOU. poses can make this happen.

Lauren Imparato is the founder of, I.AM.YOU., a yoga centric lifestyle brand & yoga studio in New York City. At the studio and around the globe, Lauren teaches intense, fun, and athletic Vinyasa classes, each set to a unique Music Mix designed by I.AM.YOU.’s Resident Mixologist, as well as leads DETOX to RETOX, tea and food based cleanse programs.

Photo Credit: Blanca

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