Healthy Hollywood loves the holidays! Who doesn't?
There is a constant flow of yummy food, drinks and of course awesome company. But, if you're like me, I tend to over-indulge and my Thanksgiving feast lasted three days (not one)!
So, as I start up the new week, Healthy Hollywood (me, Terri MacLeod) is feeling a bit like a stuffed turkey. YIKES!
Yes, there's always the gym and a good sweat to take away some of the bloat. But, I think I might need an even stronger remedy. Thankfully, Healthy Hollywood received a timely e-mail on wellness expert Sadie Nardini's super detox flow.
Sadie, who is host of the yoga reality show, "Rock Your Yoga" and creator of core strength vinyasa yoga, came up with a plan to help the body get rid of toxins that can cause weight gain and fatigue. Sadie suggests doing a clean sweep right after a time of excess.
"Do a cleaning practice regularly, and you might find that all the compliments you get on your glowing complexion, your calm demeanor and your increased energy help you develop a stronger ability to say "no thanks" to those drinks, dramas and second helpings that used to have the power to retox you before," reveals Sadie to Healthy Hollywood.
Here's Sadie's Super Detox Flow:
Come to hands and knees. Plant your palms and finger wide at the front of the mat. Tuck your toes under and lift your belly to raise hips and knees off the floor until you're in an upside-down V shape. Press strongly through hands and fingers, and lift your right leg into the sky. This is a full-body inversion on one side. Play with turning toes down, open and bending the knee to stretch all through the hips as you remain inverted. Take 5 - 10 breaths here, and then continue to the next move.
Fists of Fire:
From Dog, exhale and sweep your right knee into chest and round your hips and back upward. Use your lift and momentum to step your right foot to the right thumb. Inhale; lengthen your spine here in low lunge. Exhale; plant your feet and roll up into high lunge. Keep your front belly drawing in and up. Inhale, reach arms overhead. Exhale, bring fists into your side hips, and lift your pelvic floor muscles and low belly in and up. This is a detoxing belly massage with every exhale. Repeat Firsts of Fire Lunge 10 times, and then proceed to next move.
Twists of Fire:
Exhale, step your back foot to meet your right at the front of the mat. Squeeze your knees together, bend the knees and sit down deeper into Chair Pose. Lift your arms into the air, inhale. Exhale, lower palms together at your chest and twist your left elbow to touch the right knee. Inhale, lift arms again. Exhale, twist palms and chest to the left. Repeat Twists of Fire 5 to 10 times, one breath each or pause and breathe. When done, fold into a forward bend for a few breaths, and then repeat the sequence from Detox Dog on your other side. Repeat the whole sequence 1 - 3 times or more for a longer flow.
For more wellness tips from Sadie, check out www.sadienardini.com.
-- Terri MacLeod
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