Gas, bloating, and constipation are things we all experience. These symptoms can be a result of poor food choices or something more serious. No matter the root cause, digestion issues can be super uncomfortable and debilitating. However, you can learn to move our bodies in specific ways to support a healthy digestive system, avoid intestinal discomfort, and soothe your upset system. Try out these gentle yoga postures within any yoga sequence, or by themselves, to keep your digestive tract running smoothly.
Squatting allows your colon to fully relax. Many digestive expects recommend squatting during the elimination process. You can purchase a squatty potty stool to help you in this activity. In the meantime, squatting while not on the commode is also very helpful. Try it with a blanket under your heals, or without. Be sure to check in with your knees and make sure there is no pain when doing this exercise.
Lying on your belly with feet hip width apart. Engage your pelvic floor and press your pubic bone into the mat. This protects your low spine. On an inhalation, lift your legs, chest and arms. As a variation, you may lift just your legs, or just your front body. Hold this posture for five breaths and then rest. Repeat a few times.
3. Forward Fold with a Chair
Place the chair over your legs, draping your arms over the seat. Slide the chair as far towards your feet as is comfortable.
4. Hand Big Toe
Wrap a strap around the ball of one foot. Hold the strap with the same side hand. On an exhalation, curl your body up toward your leg, chin up toward the ceiling. Gaze point is the big toe. You may also practice this posture without the strap by wrapping your peace sign fingers between the big toe and the second toe. Thumb wraps the outside of the big toe.
5. Final Relaxation
Many digestive issues come from stress and clenching our breath. Take time to unwind. Listen to your body. Feel your breath moving through your physical self. By shifting your breathing away from survival mode in the upper chest, into complete deep belly breath, your nervous system naturally settles down. This will allow the digestive system to operate in a much more efficient capacity.
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