5 yoga poses for digestive health


If you’ve ever noticed a growl in your belly, or even a little gas escaping while you’re making your dog upside down, there’s a reason for it. Many people practice yoga to improve their strength, balance, flexibility, and focus. But yoga can also aid digestive health by reducing stress, increasing circulation, and helping move content through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This can translate into great benefits for your general well-being.

Five poses

Cat-Cow Pose

This basic pose is often used as a warm-up. It’s great for waking up the spine and stimulating the organs.

Starting on all fours, with your hands aligned with your shoulders and knees below your hips, lift your tailbone, pull your shoulders back, and look up. This is the posture of the cow.

Then slowly pull in the tailbone, drop your head, go around the spine, and pull in the navel to compress the organs. This is the cat pose.

Repeat as desired.

Puppy

This is another staple pose that’s great for relieving discomfort, especially if you’re feeling bloated or too full.

Starting on all fours, stretch your arms out in front of you and let your chest rest down. Keep your butt up in the air as you do this.

Hold as long as you want.

Bow pose

This more stimulating pose massages and stimulates your digestive organs by exerting light pressure from the ground.

Lie on your stomach and bend your legs at the knees, bringing your feet towards your back. Reach the back with your arms and grab your ankles, stretching the front of your shoulders and allowing your chest to lift off the floor. While holding this pose, inhale and exhale as you gently rock your body back and forth. You can also lift your belly button off the floor by resting the tops of your feet in your hands.

Repeat as often as you like.

twists

These basic yoga poses can be performed while sitting or lying down. Aids in the elimination of stuck intestinal toxins, they will help relieve the discomfort caused by bloating and constipation.

For the seated version, come in a seated position with any type of leg variation, including legs crossed, or with your legs in front of you, knees slightly bent and one knee over the other. Inhale and lengthen your spine, making you tall and tall. Gently twist to one side as you exhale. Repeat on the other side, being careful not to force your twist too much.

For the elongated version, start on the back. Bend one leg about 90 degrees and pull it to the other side of the body. Turn your face in the opposite direction for a full spine twist.

Hold as long as you want.

Front fold

This basic yoga pose will give your digestive organs an easy massage and encourage blood flow to the brain for instant revitalization, counteracting feelings of lethargy and laziness from eating a big meal.

Stand with your feet more or less hip-width apart, but don’t lock your knees. Pivot forward from the waist, simply allowing the top half of your body to hang down.

Repeat as often as you like.

Start doing yoga

Most gyms that offer group fitness classes offer a variety of yoga classes to suit your needs, and a variety of online fitness platforms also offer yoga classes of different lengths and for different abilities. There are also many yoga videos available for free online.

How often to practice yoga

Since yoga involves low impact movements, it is safe to do it every day. You can also use it to supplement other fitness classes and activities by practicing one to three times a week between running, biking, or other cardio exercises.

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