Most of us are aware of yoga’s benefits for the body and the mind. But what some don’t know is that yoga goes beyond just fitness or strengthening muscles and improving flexibility. As an entire discipline dating all the way back to ancient India, yoga can impact our overall well-being including our physiological and psychological health, as well as positively affect our gut and digestion.
Yoga is a powerful tool that can help components of the ANS (autonomic nervous system). Taking slow, deep, controlled breaths can reset the “rest and digest” function of the autonomic nervous system. Yoga helps people transition back to a state of peace and ease, relaxing their body and affecting digestion positively.
The movement practice can get stuff moving when you’re feeling belly discomfort. Let TRM Master Pooja Nidadavolu guide you through these 7 yoga postures to help stimulate the gut and relieve you of unpleasant tummy troubles.
1. Padotthanasana (Leg Raises)
Padottanasana is a half-inverted yoga pose that strengthens the abdominal muscles and massages the organs. It boosts the digestive system, strengthening the lower back, pelvic and perineal muscles. It also helps correct prolapse and improves the health of internal organs such as the liver and kidney.
2. Pada Sanchalanasana (Cycling)
Pada Sanchalanasana or cycling yoga pose is one of the most prominent digestive/abdominal group of asanas. This asana is practiced for strengthening the digestive system. It’s especially effective for people suffering from indigestion, constipation, gas, acidity, lack of appetite, disorders of the reproductive systems, diabetes, and other abdominal ailments.
3. Supta Pawanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose)
Supta pawanmuktasana or wind relieving pose massages the abdomen and the digestive organs and is very effective in removing wind and constipation. It also strengthens the lower back muscles, loses the spinal vertebrae, and massages the pelvic muscles and reproductive organs. This is also a great asana to practice if you suffer from painful menses.
4. Supta Udarakarshanasana (Sleeping Abdominal Stretch Pose)
The supta udarakshanasana is also a part of the digestive/abdominal group of asanas and helps exercise and stretch both the back and abdominal muscles. It proves suppleness and flexibility to the spine as the entire spine gets a uniform twisting stretch in the final position and also removes energy blockages from the back and abdominal areas.
5. Naukasana (Boat Pose)
When you practice naukasana, it helps to stretch your abdominal muscles and makes the abdominal organs work well as well as improve digestion. This particular yoga pose also helps aid gastrointestinal problems, and acidity and distresses the body, improving blood circulation to help purify the blood.
6. Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
An inversion used at the end of the yoga practice in order to encourage cleansing blood flow throughout the body, sarvangasana promotes an inner sense of calm throughout the body. It also brings an improvement to your digestion and can help prevent constipation and other digestive problems.
7. Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
Matyasana or fish pose stretches the abdomen and core of your body resulting in the gentle massage and squeezing of your internal organs to release the body waste effectively. Practicing this pose leads to better digestion which in turn results in better metabolism and better absorption of nutrients and vitamins which helps in building stronger bones and body.
These easy-to-do yoga positions relax the digestive system, allowing waste to go through the digestive system easier and aiding any tummy issues that you may suffer from. Just make sure to always stay attuned to your breath while you practice these asanas to avoid putting pressure on unwanted muscles.
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