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Twist Out Toxins With Heat-Building Yoga

Sep 2 2014 - 3:54pm

While plenty of people swear by Bikram yoga [1], but I believe in the power of building your own internal fire. Move through a fierce twisting sequence with loads of vinyasas (Four-Limbed Staff [2] to Up Dog [3] to Down Dog [4]) that will challenge your body but be well worth all your effort. This is the perfect sequence to detox after a day (or weekend) of partying!

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [5]

Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog sets a strong tone for the sequence:

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Standing Forward Bend

Standing Forward Bend will help loosen up the back of your body before getting into the more strenuous twisting postures:

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Warrior 3

Warrior 3 will help bring the fire to your core so you can power through the rest of the practice with ease:

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [21]

Open Triangle

An active Open Triangle with proper alignment is some of the best yoga medicine you can offer your body:

Photo: Laughing River Yoga

Extended Side Angle

Extended Side Angle opens up your hips and quads, while stretching the sides of your torso:

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [41]

Rotated Side Angle

All the muscles along your spine get a big, deep twist in Rotated Side Angle:

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Chair

Chair Pose looks simple, but after those deep twists, it's sure to bring the heat on heavy:

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Eagle

The twisted arms in Eagle open up tight, stressed shoulders, while the bottom of your body gets its own deep twist:

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [51]

Side Fierce

Twisting the torso to one side increases flexibility in your spine, but you'll be bringing the fire to your legs, as well, in Side Fierce:

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [54]

Seated Spinal Twist

Seated Spinal Twist will help you cool off and lengthen your spine as you focus on deep breaths:

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [59]

Savasana

After all the hard work you've put in, your body deserves a sweet Savasana:

Source: Louisa Larson Photography [60]


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