The Best Yoga Poses for Liver Health

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The liver is the largest organ in the body and serves as a storage site for minerals, nutrients and vitamins. Toxic chemicals, such as alcohol, are broken down by the liver and then flushed out of the body. The vital organ produces chemicals that aid the body and promote good health. Practice different yoga poses to improve and maintain proper functioning and well-being of the liver. Use yoga to massage and vitalize this internal organ. Breathe throughout the exercises and drink water to flush toxins out after the poses.

Spinal Twist

This pose helps revitalize the liver by fighting abdominal bloating and fatigue. Sit on a mat with legs extended out in front of you. Tighten your core and sit up straight. Bend your left knee and place your left foot outside of your right knee. Place your right hand on the ground next to the right side of your butt, fingers facing away from your body. Place your left arm on the inside of your left knee. Gently rotate your torso to the right. To deepen the twist, walk your right fingers out behind your body. Stop when you can't twist any further and hold for 30 seconds and then switch sides.

Cat Pose

The liver is located in the abdomen; the cat stretch massages the stomach and the spine, both areas that protect the liver. Kneel on all fours. Place your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Relax your neck and head to the ground. Start with a straight back. Slowly round your back and curve it towards the ceiling. Lower to the start position and repeat the pose 10 times.

Cow Pose

A relaxed and loose back will enable proper functioning and detoxification of the liver. Cow pose stretches and heats up the spine. It also allows the stomach muscles around the kidneys to relax during the pose. Stay on your hands and knees and start with a straight back. Relax your head and look at the ground. Lift your hips, tailbone and chest towards the ceiling, while letting your stomach relax towards the ground. While you lift your body, lift your head and look straight ahead of you. Return to the start position and repeat 10 times.

Bridge Pose

Bridge pose strengthens the core muscles that protect the liver. Lie on your back with your legs bent and your feet close to your bottom. Rest your arms next to your legs, palms on the mat. Clench your glutes, push up through your heels and lift your hips and lower back. Stop when you form a straight line from your knees to you shoulders. Maintain a straight back throughout the lift. Lift your arms overhead and hold the position for 30 seconds to one minute.

Cobra Pose

The liver is at the top of the abdomen, directly under the chest region. This stretch opens up the chest and stretches the abdominal muscles that lie over the kidneys. Lie face down on a mat. Move your legs together and keep them this way throughout the pose. Place your right palm next to your right shoulder and your left palm next to your left shoulder. Keep your weight on your upper body throughout the pose; do not shift weight to your hands. Slowly lift your chest towards the ceiling. Use your lower back to lift your body. Relax your head and neck back as you move into the stretch.

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