Yoga for digestion – 5 yoga poses to help aid digestion

The health benefits of yoga are known all over the world. In addition to providing peace of mind, it can also help fight specific problems such as back pain, boost slow metabolism, help burn fat, lose belly weight, or relieve digestive problems.

It is true! If you’ve succumbed to a big meal or are suffering from bloating, indigestion or acidity, yoga could be the way out.

Ease your digestive issues with these five yoga poses.

1. APANASANA

Also known as The “Wind Relieving Pose” Apanasana is simple.

What are you doing

Provides relief from bloating and gas pains and improves digestion.

Do it

Lie on your back and place your feet on the floor directly below your knees. Inhale and bring your hands to your knees. Exhale and bring your knees to your belly. Hug tightly, but only until the pose is comfortable. Swing your knees from side to side to maximize the stretch. Stay in the pose for 5-10 full breaths and release. Do the pose five times.

2. ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA

Also known as Half Lord of the PiscesHalf Lord of the Pisces

What are you doing

Squeezing the colon from right to left improves digestion. Twists also help to cleanse the digestive system. Blood flow to the digestive organs is reduced when you twist; new blood comes in when you release it.

Do it

Bend your left leg and place your left foot on the floor over your right knee. Bend the right leg and bend so that it is on the floor, the right heel close to the left buttock. Bring your right hand over your left leg and grab your left big toe. Inhale and as you exhale, twist your body torso as much as you can. Turn your neck so your gaze is over your left shoulder and circle your waist with your left hand, palm facing out.

3. BALASANA

Also known as child posturechild posture

What are you doing

This yoga move compresses the abdomen and massages the internal organs. It normalizes blood circulation and stimulates the digestive system.

Do it

Get into a kneeling position on a yoga mat or the floor. Your knees should be together and your buttocks should be close to your feet. Exhale and slowly rest your torso on your thighs so your forehead touches the mat. The palms of the hands must be on the floor; extend your arms until you feel your shoulder blades extending behind your back. Feel the stretch in your torso and the stretch in your spine.

4. SETU BANDHA SARVANGASANA

Also known as The Bridge Pose or “Setu Bandha Sarvangasana”The bridge posture

What are you doing

This pose helps improve blood circulation, stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion.

Do it

This smooth inversion is simple. Lie on the floor with your knees bent. Keep your arms by your sides and your feet flat on the floor. Lift your hips and keep them there to give your chest a nice stretch. For better digestion, try a variation. Lift one hip and hold the pose for five breaths. Repeat on the other side.

5. SUPTA BADDHA KONASANA

Also known as Reclined Angle Pose

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What are you doing

In addition to helping to relieve symptoms of stress and mild depression, this pose stimulates the abdominal organs and improves mobility in Organs digestive organs.

Do it

Are you lying on the floor? Bend your knees, place your feet together on the floor and bring your heels closer to your groin. Press your palms into the floor beside your hips. As you exhale, contract your abdominal muscles and move your tailbone down and toward your pubic bone. Slowly allow your knees to open and float towards the floor. There will be a stretch in the inner thighs and groin. Bring the soles of your feet together and let the outside edge of your feet rest on the floor.

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