Tired of Toxins? How to Detox at Home

By Carrie Demers, Yoga International

Lately, I’ve been feeling sluggish, drowsy, and mildly depressed but I can’t figure out why. What’s wrong with me?

According to ayurveda, sluggishness, drowsiness, and depression are signs of low agni. Agni is the Sanskrit word for fire. It is generally used to describe our digestive fire, which resides in our solar plexus. Agni’s job is to help us digest and assimilate the nutrients in our food, and to support the cleansing organs, including the skin, liver, and kidneys, to move the waste out of our body. But agni is more than this. I like to think of it as a little potbelly stove—the center of our “house” (or body). Our digestion, as well as our immunity, vitality, and clarity of mind, depend on it.

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