Many consider yoga to simply be a form of exercise, but it can be and is, so much more. Practicing yoga doesn’t necessarily mean it will become a way of life, but yoga can help remedy digestion-related problems. Along with a yogic diet and yoga breathing habits, try some of the following yoga poses to aid your digestion and help you feel more at ease with your tummy situation.
Happy Baby Pose
This yoga pose promotes relaxation and soothes the body, too. It also has a calming effect on the bowels, helping to relieve digestive problems.
- Lying on your back, bring your thighs towards the chest
- Spread your knees apart; With your hands, reach your ankles or the arches of your feet from between the legs
- Keep your knees bent the whole time and positioned closer towards the chest
- Rock back and forth, and from side to side
- Hold this pose for one minute
Cat and Cow Pose
The cat and cow pose is a combination of two poses, concentrating more on vinayasa or breathing poses, which can be effective in alleviating digestion troubles.
- This pose involves the hands and the knees
- Lie down on your hands and knees and inhale, pressing your belly onto the floor; Exhale by releasing your back towards the ceiling
- Keep switching between the cat and the cow pose for 10 sets or more, and keep inhaling and exhaling while you do so
Reclining Spinal Twist
The reclining twist pose focuses on increasing spinal flexibility along with refreshing the organs, which in turn helps improve the process of digestion. This pose is specifically very helpful in alleviating digestive problems such as constipation, and can also speed up a sluggish digestive system.
- First, assume a happy baby pose (as described earlier)
- From the happy baby pose, assume a T-shape with the help of your arms and legs by stretching your arms out by your sides and by stretching your legs straight out front
- Keep the palms of your hands facing downwards
- Drop your knees to the floor on your left side, gazing at your right hand
- Repeat the same pose with your knees dropped on the opposite side, and your gaze shifted to the opposite hand
- Hold this position for about a minute on either side, then release your grasp
Yoga breathing is one of the most effective yogic actions for digestion, as it can be very helpful in working through issues such as heartburn, painful gas and other digestive concerns.
- Sit up straight with your back erect on a chair
- Through your nose, inhale and exhale in a slow fashion
- Allow the air to fill your belly and expand it
- Release the grasp you have on your belly and let the oxygen out without putting any strain on yourself or your breathing
- Keep focused on relaxing as you breathe
- Practice the same routine for five to six minutes