Bloating and indigestion is never fun. Yoga is great for digestion because it combines deep breathing, stretches that target the abdominal organs and twists that release intestinal toxins in the organs.
Even the most novice yogi will benefit from these five yoga poses to aid digestion.
Child’s pose is a gentle way to start your routine. Begin on the floor on your shins in a comfortable kneeling position, knees spread if required. Lower your entire torso to your knees, resting your forehead on the floor and resting your arms by your sides, palms up. Try to relax into this pose as best you can, inhaling and exhaling deeply.
This poses allows for deep diaphragmatic breathing and stretches your lower back and entire abdomen. As it’s such a calming and gentle position, it can also help release tension, which is known to sabotage digestion.
Starting on your hands (placed under shoulders) and knees (placed under hips), inhale deeply and drop your belly down to the ground, pressing your hands into the floor and your buttocks out. You should feel a stretch in your lower back. Hold for 30 seconds. As you begin to exhale, arch your back up as high as you can, stretching like a cat.
This position is beneficial because as you continue to alternate between the two stretches, the compression and lengthening of your body massages the intestines and brings bloods to your cells in the abdominal area.
On the floor, sit with your legs folded to one side and feet side-by-side. Stretch the arm closest to your feet down out the floor, using it to balance. Then, stretch the opposite arm straight up over your head as high as you can, with just a slight bend in your elbow. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the opposite side, remembering to switch your legs too.
This pose creates a stretch down the side of your body, allowing space in your torso and abdominal region so that you can breathe deeply and permit your organs to function well.
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