Yoga To Support the Liver
CAT/COW - Starting with your hands and knees on the ground, on an inhale stretch your chest forward and your tailbone up. Lift your chin and give a little squeeze to your shoulder blades. On your exhale press through the palms, round through the upper back and tuck your chin.
TABLE TOP W/ STABILITY - From a neutral position on your hands and knees reach your right hand out in front of you and stretch your left foot behind you. Take a few deep breaths here, then switch sides.
SUN SALUTATIONS A - Begin by standing tall. Take an inhale and stretch your arms overhead, exhale - fold forward. Inhale, place your hands lightly on your thighs or shins and stretch your spine long. Exhale and fold. Inhale, reach your arms and torso all the way back to standing. Exhale, place your arms at your sides. To see a visual demonstration with a lot of instruction click here!
TRIANGLE POSE - Start by standing with your feet hip distance apart. Step your left foot back about 3 1/2 feet. Keep both legs straight and square your torso to your left. Place your arms into a T shape and reach the fingers in opposite directions. Inhale and stretch your right hand forward. Try to keep the right side of the body straight and place your right hand on your thigh or shin. Take about 5 deep breaths here and switch sides
LOW LUNGE TWIST - Start by standing with your fee hip distance apart. Step your left foot back and keep your forward knee bent. You'll be in a lunge position now and have two options. Option 1 -- Stay upright and twist to your right. Keep the spine as long as possible. The focus is on gentle compression of the internal organs, specifically the liver and kidneys. Option 2 -- lower the back knee to the ground, place your left hand on the ground or stack of books or a block. Gently twist to your right. Take 5 deep breaths here. Switch sides. Smile!!!
BRIDGE - Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat to the floor. You arms should be at your sides with your fingers reaching towards your heels, they make even touch. Take a deep inhale, press into your feet and gently lift your hips. Stay here for 5 deep breaths then lower the hips. Repeat this 3 - 5 times.
SUPINE TWIST - Lie on your back with your knees into your chest. Let the knees fall off to one side. Relax and soften all your muscles here and let the weight of your knees and gravity do the work.