Strike a pose for relief.
People who practice yoga tend to have better digestion, and there are studies that found daily practice of yoga with mindful breathing can help releive symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. This can include anything from gas, bloating, pain, constipation, and diarrheas.
Don’t know where to start? Here are a few simple moves from yoga for digestion that can make you feel better. Unless otherwise indicated, hold each pose for as long as you feel comfortable. As you improve, you’ll naturally be able to hold each pose for longer.
Yoga For Digestion Relief
1. Downward-Facing Dog
Begin on your hands and knees. Your knees should be below your hips and your hands slightly in front of you shoulders, inhale, then exhale while you straighten your knees away from the floor – but don’t hyperextend. Lift your tailbone toward the sky, lengthening the spine, while you push your heels toward the floor, so you’re making an upside down “V” with your body. Relax your head without straining your neck. Hold the position for a few seconds, then release.
2. Reclining Spinal Twist
Lie on your back wit your knees bent, feet flat on the floor and your arms extended out to either side of you. Inhale, then exhale while slowly letting both bent knees fall to the right side while you turn your head to the left. Relax your knees and shoulders into the floor as you inhale and exhale for up to 10 breaths. Then switch sides.
3. The Bridge
Lie on your back, with knees bent feet flat on the floor, hip-distance apart, arms at your sides, palms down. Your feet should be close enough to your rear so that you can touch your heels with your fingertips, inhale, then exhale as you press your feet into the floor and slowly bring your hips up, so your body forms a bridge. See if you can bring your hands together beneath you, interlacing your fingers. Lengthen your back by imagining your pushing your knees forward and pulling your pubic bone toward your bellybutton. Release and slowly lower yourself back down to the floor.
4. Cat-Cow Pose
Begin on your hands and knees with your knees, feet, hips and wrists aligned. Keep your back straight like a tabletop and your spine in a neutral position. Inhale and slowly round your spine toward the ceiling-like and angry cat-as you tuck your tailbone and drop your head comfortably toward the floor. exhale and lift your tailbone to the ceiling while your chest moves forward and your belly sinks toward the floor. Be careful not to strain your neck. Continue back and forth between positions.
5. Triangle Pose
Stand up straight with your feet about 3 to 4 feet apart. Turn your right foot outward 90 degrees and
Using yoga for digestion is one of the most beneficial ways to find relief. It avoids the potentially dangerous risks of over the counter medicine and only requires a few minutes everyday!