Holiday Detox

Photo: oh-totoro.tumblr.comThis is what most of us feel like the day after a big, celebratory meal like Thanksgiving’s: tired, sleepy, bloated and sluggish. I know one person whose prescription for combatting that lethargy is surfing in frigid waters, but for me that’s too great a shock to the system. I’d much rather shake things up by gently cycling through a few sun salutations and twisting new vitality into my middle.

There are tried-and-true yoga poses that rinse the body of toxins, and if you’re feeling up to the task, you can use this “Yoga to Aid Digestion on Thanksgiving” guide to craft your very own personalized home practice. If, however, you need more assistance -- particularly of the audiovisual sort -- there are lots of online resources to help you out. Yogaglo has cleverly put together a set of classes designed specifically to help you offset Thanksgiving excess, from celebrating bird poses to sessions that promote healthy elimination or help you unravel stress. YogaChezMoi’s Pack Detox is a home practice plan that permits you to pick and choose a variety of classes that will boost your energy and eliminate toxins. From Vinyasa with Linda Munro to a restorative Yin session with Charlotte Saint Jean (who leads a workshop today at 16h30 at Atelier 77), you can decide how vigorous or how gentle you want your yoga to be.

And for those of you who are feeling so slothful that you can’t even muster the energy to unroll a yoga mat, stay on the sofa. You can just twist there!

OM-Work: Twists from Mala Yoga on Vimeo.