These five beginner yoga poses will aid your digestion.
Half gas release pose
As the name would suggest, this pose has a significant digestion benefit. Begin by lying on your back with your legs stretched out. Raise one leg, bringing your knee up to the side of your ribcage. Hold underneath of your thigh (rather than the top of your knee) with both hands until you feel a stretch in your thigh and buttock. You may use the resting leg to brace yourself. Hold for a minute or two, then place the leg slowly back down and repeat with the opposite leg.
This pose compresses the ascending colon on each side and encourages the nerves to relax and – ahem – ‘let go’. So you might want to try this one in privacy.
Begin this pose flat on your back, bringing both knees to your chest to neutralise the spine. Hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Release your knees and allow your legs to straighten to the floor. Lie here with your hands by your sides, palms up. With your eyes closed, try to relax all your muscles, quiet your mind and simply concentrate on breathing deeply.
This pose is a wonderful way to cap-off your yoga routine. The deep breathing helps to calm the nervous system and bring oxygen to all your organs.
So the next time you’re feeling overly full, bloated or gassy after a meal, why not give these poses a try? Do you have a favourite yoga pose that aids digestion?
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