Yoga Poses for Digestion
- Posted on: May 27 2015
Indigestion, acid reflux, and constipation are all ailments that we face in our life; while some suffer from digestive ailments more than others, overall everyone who is human has faced this before in their life. Poor digestion can make one feel boated, sluggish and queasy; it’s hard to operate well when you feel this way. The next time you are suffering from digestive upset, try out these easy yoga poses for relief and improved digestion:
Also known as the “child’s pose”, you start off on your back and once again hug in your knees. Then roll onto your right side, and use your right arm as a pillow for your head. Inhale and then on the exhale, use your top arm to push up to a seated position. Kneel on your knees and sit back onto your heels, bringing your knees comfortably wide. Fold over your body and rest your forehead on the floor; you can either place your hands under your forehead, or place your hands back by your feet. Be sure to deeply inflate the lower belly against your upper thighs with each breath; hold this pose for 5-10 breaths. On your last inhale, place your hands to the floor beneath your shoulders, and press up as soon as you exhale.
Known as the “wind-relieving pose”, to start lie flat on your back and then place your feet to the floor, directly beneath the knees. Inhale and then take your hands to your knees; on the exhale, hug the knees comfortably to your stomach. Hold this pose for 5-10 full breaths. For a change, you can also perform this pose by hugging one knee at a time; first with the right and then with the left.
Get on all fours (on your hands and knees), placing your hands beneath your shoulders and your knees directly beneath your hips, with your head in a neutral position, eyes looking at the floor. On the inhale, drop your belly button towards the earth, while lifting your chest upwards. Lift up your head and look straight forward. On the exhale, round your upper back towards the sky and drop your gaze towards your navel; be sure to press your feet and hands into the ground.
Lay on your back and place your feet directly beneath your knees, then inhale and hug the knees gently. When you exhale, drop your knees towards the left side of your body; while turning your head to the right for a neck stretch. Hold this pose for 5-10 breaths and then repeat on the other side.
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