Yoga for Digestion as a curative. Digestion issues come in many forms. Certainly, some are more violent and dangerous than a simple case of heartburn. Digestion issues can appear as gas, bloating, cramps and more.
Some of these issues can become very painful when not addressed. Because there are so many over the counter tablets that we are not sure which to choose. Going to a physician each time you have this type of problem is expensive and not a viable option either. There is one time tested option, Yoga.
External Factors of Digestion Problems
Before discussing how to use Yoga as a curative, let’s look at the external factors that contribute to this problem.
- Environmental exposure, such as chemicals
- Antibiotic exposure
- Exercise and general activity levels
- Travel history
- Sleep and rest
- Chronic diseases
Yoga cannot address all the factors but it can be a curative factor in at least 5. Yoga can be a large influence on your digestion ability. Many specialists report that yoga has helped with longstanding general stomach related issues.
Using Yoga for Digestion Problems
Practice yoga to help stomach related health. It can help boost recuperation for a long list of issues and sicknesses, including:
- Swelling and Bloating
- Loose Bowels
- Perpetual Blockage
- Celiac Problems
- Reflux (GERD), General Acid Reflux
- Peptic and Duodenal ulcers
- Crohn’s Malady and Ulcerative Colitis
How Does Yoga Help Digestion?
Yoga not only helps by stretching stomach muscles but also helps stimulate the organs that move digestion along so to speak. Yoga helps mental stress and anxiety. Which can be a contributing factor to poor digestion. Our physical and mental well being is are an integral part of good health. Being mentally upset prohibits relaxation which in turns interferes with proper digestion.
7 Yoga Poses That Aid Digestion
We offer you 7 poses that will help you detoxify your body and improve digestion. Some such as twists help stretch and loosen abdominal muscles. Others such as inversions help with circulation. Breathing is an integral part of making these poses work so follow those instructions carefully. Review the instructions and watch the videos for each one. Do what you are able to do to start and add to your workout as you become stronger and more proficient. Having a helper or spotter is always a good idea if you are new to Yoga.
1. First of all, start on your hands and knees with your wrists directly under your shoulders. And your knees directly under your hips. Point your fingertips to the top of your mat. Place your shins and knees hip-width apart. Center your head in a neutral position and soften your gaze downward.
2. Begin by moving into Cow Pose: Inhale as you drop your belly towards the mat. Lift your chin and chest, and gaze up toward the ceiling.
3. Broaden across your shoulder blades and draw your shoulders away from your ears.
4. Next, move into Cat Pose: As you exhale, draw your belly to your spine and round your back toward the ceiling. The pose should look like a cat stretching its back.
5. Finally, release the crown of your head toward the floor, but don’t force your chin to your chest.
6. Inhale, coming back into Cow Pose, and then exhale as you return to Cat Pose.
1. Stand in Tadasana, hands on hips. Exhale and bend forward from the hip joints, not from the waist. As you descend draw the front torso out of the groins and open the space between the pubis and top sternum. As in all the forward bends, the emphasis is on lengthening the front torso. as you move more fully into the position.
2. With your knees straight, bring your palms or fingertips to the floor slightly in front of or beside your feet. Or bring your palms to the backs of your ankles. If this isn’t possible, cross your forearms and hold your elbows. Press the heels into the floor and lift the sitting bones toward the ceiling. Turn the top thighs slightly inward.
3. With each inhalation in the pose, lift and lengthen the front torso slightly. With each exhalation release a little more into the forward bend. In this way, the torso oscillates almost imperceptibly with each breath. Let your head hang from the root of the neck, which is deep in the upper back, between the shoulder blades.
4. Uttanasana can be used as a resting position between the standing poses. Stay in the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute. It can also be practiced as a pose in itself.
5. Don’t roll the spine to come up. Instead bring your hands back onto your hips and reaffirm the length of the front torso. Finally, press your tailbone down and into the pelvis and come up on an inhalation with a long front torso.
1. Lie prone on the floor. Stretch your legs back, with the tops of your feet on the floor. Bend your elbows and spread your palms on the floor beside your waist so your forearms are perpendicular to the floor.
2. Inhale and press your inner hands firmly into the floor and slightly back. As if you were trying to push yourself forward along the floor. Then straighten your arms and simultaneously lift your torso up. And your legs a few inches off the floor on an inhalation. Keep the thighs firm and slightly turned inward. The arms firm and turned out as the elbow creases face forward.
3. Press the tailbone toward the pubis and lift the pubis toward the navel. Narrow the hip points. Firm but don’t harden the buttocks.
4. Firm the shoulder blades against the back and puff the side ribs forward. Lift through the top of the sternum but avoid pushing the front ribs forward. Which only hardens the lower back. Look straight ahead or tip the head back slightly. Finally, take care not to compress the back of the neck and harden the throat.
1. Come up onto both knees, placing them hip-width apart. Place the palms of the hands on the sacrum with the fingers pointed down.
2. Inhale and press the knees down reaching the crown of the head up to lengthen the spine. Exhale and press the hips forward, squeezing the buttocks and thighs. Supporting your weight with the arms as you bend backward.
3. Very carefully reach one hand down to the heel at a time, if you cannot reach the heels keep the hands on the sacrum. If it feels safe drop the head all the way back.
4. Holding tightly on to the heels with each hand. Press the hips forward, lifting the chest up towards the ceiling.
5. Breathe and hold for 3-6 breaths.
6. To release: slowly bring one hand at a time back to the sacrum. Finally, with both hands on the sacrum, slowly inhale up, letting the head and neck be the last to become vertical.
Lord Of The Half Fishes
1. Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you, buttocks supported on a folded blanket. Bend your knees, put your feet on the floor. Also, slide your left foot under your right leg to the outside of your right hip. Lay the outside of the left leg on the floor. Step the right foot over the left leg and stand it on the floor outside your left hip. The right knee will point directly up at the ceiling.
2. Exhale and twist toward the inside of the right thigh. Press the right hand against the floor just behind your right buttock. Set your left upper arm on the outside of your right thigh near the knee. Pull your front torso and inner right thigh snugly together.
3. Press the inner right foot into the floor, release the right groin, and lengthen the front torso. Lean the upper torso back slightly, against the shoulder blades. Continue to lengthen the tailbone into the floor.
4. You can turn your head in one of two directions. Continue the twist of the torso by turning it to the right. Or counter the twist of the torso by turning it left and looking over the left shoulder at the right foot.
5. With every inhalation lift a little more through the sternum. Pushing the fingers against the floor to help. Twist a little more with every exhalation. Be sure to distribute the twist evenly throughout the entire length of the spine. Don’t concentrate it in the lower back. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then release with an exhalation. Finally, return to the starting position, and repeat to the left for the same length of time. Watch a video demonstration of this pose.
Revolved Triangle Pose
1. Start facing the long edge of the mat in a wide leg stance with the feet about 3-4 ft / 1 meter apart. Your heels in line with each other, toes pointing forwards.
2. Turn your right foot 90 degrees to point to the back (short end) of the mat and your left foot in about 45 degrees
3. Bring your hands to your hips and square your hips to face the back of the mat.
4. Make your legs strong. Engage your pelvic floor muscles and draw your lower belly in and up.
5. Inhale and lengthen the spine and raise the left arm up.
6. Exhale as you hinge from the hips to bring your upper body parallel with the floor. Keep reaching the left arm forward, lengthening the spine and the back of the neck.
7. Place your left hand on the floor (or a block) on the outside of your right foot.
8. Bring your right hand onto your lower back/sacrum.
9. Press firmly through both feet.
10. Move the right sit bone backward to stop it swinging out to the side.
11. Inhale lengthen the spine.
12. Finally, exhale twist to the right, bringing your right shoulder over the left, raise the right arm.
1. Kneel on the floor. Touch your big toes together and sit on your heels, then separate your knees about as wide as your hips.
2. Exhale and lay your torso down between your thighs. Broaden your sacrum across the back of your pelvis and narrow your hip points toward the navel so that they nestle down onto the inner thighs. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of the pelvis. Also, lift the base of your skull away from the back of your neck.
3. Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso, palms up. Release the fronts of your shoulders toward the floor. Feel how the weight of the front shoulders pulls the shoulder blades wide across your back.
4. Balasana is a resting pose. Stay anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. Beginners can also use Balasana to get a taste of a deep forward bend, where the torso rests on the thighs. Stay in the pose from 1 to 3 minutes. To come up, first of all, lengthen the front torso. Finally, with an inhalation lift from the tailbone as it presses down and into the pelvis.
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