A hangover ranks up there with gastrointestinal flu and the feeling of sitting drool-faced, mid-root canal on the miserable state of being list. That headache, queasiness, fatigue, and shakiness will only subside once you are hydrated and the booze and its toxic byproducts are out of your system. A little gentle twisting can speed the process. “Twists stimulate the liver and kidneys—the organs that work hardest processing excess alcohol,” says Kimberly Wilson, author of Hip Tranquil Chick: A Guide to Life On and Off the Yoga Mat, and founder of Tranquil Space Yoga Studio in Washington D.C. Wilson recommends doing Seated Twist first thing in the morning and as needed until the Metallica concert in your head subsides. Rest assured, this is a gentle movement that won’t make you revisit last night’s mojitos.
Sit on the floor with legs extended. Cross right leg over left, then pull right knee to chest with right foot on the outside of left knee. Bend left leg inward so left foot is on the floor by right hip. Inhale and place left elbow on the outside of right knee. Exhale as you windmill right arm behind so your body is twisted as far back and to the right as comfortable. Hold for five deep breaths, slowly return to start position, and repeat on opposite side.