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How to Target Your Colon With Yoga

author image Desiree McKenzie
Desiree McKenzie started writing professionally in 1999. She specializes in parenting, yoga, spirituality, health and wellness topics. McKenzie's portfolio includes informational and fact-based articles for health and fitness websites such as LIVESTRONG.COM. She is a certified yoga teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from The College of New Jersey.
How to Target Your Colon With Yoga
Twisting yoga poses help clean your internal organs. Photo Credit yoga twist image by Susan Rae Tannenbaum from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Your colon is one of the major detoxifiers within your body. About the same diameter size as your fist, your colon absorbs nutrients that are important to your brain function. Twisting yoga postures cleanse your internal organs, rid toxins from your colon and boost your digestion. According to Yoga Journal, yoga uses twisting poses to constrict and squeeze your digestive organs so when the poses are released, fresh blood sweeps through your system, helping to clean your liver, kidneys and colon. The Belly Twist is one pose that can help clean your colon.

Step 1

How to Target Your Colon With Yoga
Start the yoga twist by rooting your back. Photo Credit laying down on the job image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com

Lie down on your back. Bend your knees with the soles of your feet planted on the ground. Hug your knees into your chest. Feel your tailbone press into your yoga mat. Fully release any tension in your upper back.

Step 2

“T” your arms out alongside the ground with your palms facing up. Keep your knees together and let your knees fall to your left side. Allow the outside of your left shin to come to the floor. Make sure your hamstrings are parallel to your arm so that your thighs and shins create a 90-degree angle.

Step 3

Bring your left palm to the top of your right knee and keep your right arm extended straight. Gaze over your right fingertips and stay in the Belly Twist yoga pose for one minute.

Step 4

Release your right palm from your knee as your draw your knees into the center of your chest. Continue to root your tailbone and upper back firmly into your mat. Repeat with your knees falling to your right side.

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