Yoga Poses For Better Digestion
Because who has ever liked being bloated and flatulent all the time?Remember that cousin who always keeps burping and complaining of being bloated? Yeah, you might want to show this article to him. Because I, my friend, will now be telling you how to digest your food properly, every time. Yes, even when you manage 2 large pizzas. By yourself. In one sitting. And then half a cake. And coffee, to wash it down. Ughh…food coma!!
Digestion is one of the most important functions of the body. If our food isn’t digested well, lethargy, acid reflux, gas, and other equally unpalatable companions take over, and we are prone to feeling sick the entire day. Yoga is very effective for improving digestion, amongst other things. Try these yoga poses to improve digestion, today!
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It’s pretty obvious, but DO NOT try these straight after a meal. It’s best to practice these exercises on an empty stomach. Avoid having water between the workout. Have it after or before instead.
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- Forward bends – There are two kinds of bends you can do for improving digestion – the standing forward bend, and the seated forward bend.
a. For the standing forward bend, stand with your feet hip-width apart. Raise your arms, and stretch your spine while inhaling. Lower your arms while exhaling, bend from the waist, and try to reach as far down as you can. Keep your back straight. Tuck your chin in towards your chest and let your head hang. Hug your legs, or touch the floor if you can, and hold.
b. For the seated forward bend, sit on a yoga mat with your legs extended. Raise arms above your head, and stretch your spine while inhaling. Lower your arms while exhaling, bend from the waist, and try to reach as far down as you can. Keep your back straight. Hold your toes, while trying to touch your nose to your knees.
2. The twists – Twists can help wring out the toxins from your body. Try the one-legged seated spinal twist, and the spinal twist.
a. For the spinal twist, lie down on your back, on a yoga mat. Hug your knees while inhaling. Then, while exhaling, twist your legs from the waist down to your left, while keeping your arms stretched out at a right angle from the body, and your head turned to the right. Make sure your back is flat on the mat. Hold, then repeat on the other side.
b. For the one-legged seated twist, sit on the floor in the lotus position and keep your spine straight. You can also keep your legs extended. Take your right leg, and put your foot flat on the floor on the side of your left thigh, as close to the hip as possible. Hug in your knee with your left arm. Now twist the upper half your body to the right side, put your right arm behind your body, and hold. Make sure your hip does not lift off the mat.
3. Wind-relieving posture – This pose is excellent for those who have sluggish digestion and trapped wind. Lie on your back on a yoga mat, with your legs straight out. Hold one knee while inhaling, pull it up to your chest while exhaling, and hold. Repeat with the other knee. You can also do this with both knees together.
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4. Child’s pose – Along with improving digestion, this pose also works well to relieve you of stress. Sit with your knees on the floor and your hips on your feet. Keep your spine straight and your hands on your knees. Just sitting straight in this pose also helps digestion. To get into child’s pose, while exhaling, slide your hands forward on the floor and let your upper body also move forward. Touch your forehead to the floor, or as close to it as possible, and hold. Your abdomen should touch your thighs. Exhale while coming back up.
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5. Cat-Cow – This pose allows you to alternately compress and lengthen the intestines, promoting better digestion. Get on all fours on a yoga mat. Make sure your hands are just beneath your shoulders, and your hips are just above your knees. Keep your back straight, and your core engaged. Exhale, drop your head towards the ground, and curve your spine inwards. Then inhale while dropping your belly button towards the floor and arching your back. Lift your head and your hips towards the sky. Repeat the whole exercise several times.