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Why Yoga Is The Best Tool For Your Digestion

Yoga for digestion

Ever wondered why you may often feel bloated, sluggish and a sense of decreasing energy after a meal? Often this can be due the food we consume. Follow this simple guide and discover how yoga for digestion can help improve the overall functioning of your gut…


Why am I finding it so difficult to stay healthy?
Being in control of what we eat is often a difficult challenge to overcome. Everyday we classify the health benefits of our food through scientific research and personal experiences. However, food groups that are known to be high in refined carbohydrate, saturated fats and sugars are heavily influenced by western media and marketing. As such, the information we listen to about our diet and health can be overruled by these unhealthy influences. This pattern of poorer health choices is heavily reflected in the health of western society. It has one of the highest rates of gastrointestinal disorders in the world. The disease portfolio can range from irritable bowel disease, bloating, cramps, acid reflux, celiac disease, crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. And whilst conventional medicines may help manage diseases, we can greatly improve our dietary choices to avoid needing them altogether.


Why practising yoga for digestion may hold the answers your gut has been seeking
Yoga plays a central role in this path to improved health. If used in combination with a clean and healthy diet we will win the fight against poor digestive health. To date, there have been many reporting’s of improved digestion and overall health following a combination of deep breathing (pranayama), simple stretches (asana) and complementary medicines (Ayurveda such as Kāyacikitsā). When used appropriately, these movements have the potential to target congested abdominal organs. Ultimately, assisting in the passage of gas, b loating, constipation and toxins derived from the breakdown of food in the gut. The range of yoga asana that can achieve this goal are vast.


Yoga for digestion offers an alternative treatment pathway that many modern medicines fail to target. Asana such as the bridge pose offer stretching motions that stimulate the expansion of your gut. Twisting poses also massage and tone your abdomen – helping with the passage of gas and constipation.


We recommend using these asana for 10 minutes after each meal, to help relieve bloating and promote digestion. Most of all, we also encourage actively reducing the amount of refined carbohydrates that you consume. This will hopefully accelerate the healing process of your gut.


Yoga for digestion requires practising three simple asana
  • Wind-Relieving Pose – a simple yet effective method for alleviating trapped wind. You can begin by firmly placing your hands over your knees whilst in the supine position. Begin to slowly exhale whilst drawing your knees into your chest. Continue by swaying your knees either side – to maximize the stretching of the abdomen. Repeat this movement for 5-15 breaths and slowly release your knees. Furthermore, we recommend repeating this asana at least 3 times.
  • Supine Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana) – a perfect deepening stretch which will tone and calm the activity of your gut. You can begin by inhaling whilst bringing your knees into your chest in the supine position (Ardha Pawamuktasana position). During exhalation, gently use your left hand to release you right knee to the left hand side. Remain in this position whilst inhaling and exhaling for 5-10 times. Repeat the asana on the opposite side.
  • Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) – this back-bend pose offers compression of the abdominal organs. In return, your energy and blood supply to the abdominal muscles will increase. In the supine position begin by bending your knees and whilst keeping your feet on the floor; close to your backbone. Slowly begin to elevate your hip towards your chest. Continue by arching your back to help with chest expansion. Once the form has taken shape, inhale and exhale at least 10 times. To dismount from this position, take care whilst slowly recoiling your spine to the ground. Repeat this asana at least 3 times.


The Verdict…
Of course, this is just a sample of the different styles of yoga asana that may benefit your gut. As everyone is different in their physical appearances and ailments we recommend learning from Yoga For Health – Depression And Gastrointestinal Disorders by Jenny Cornero. Jenny is an experienced Yogini and health practitioner. Following her advice offers a valuable visual insight into the far-reaching benefits of gastrointestinal focused yoga routines. If followed correctly, we guarantee you’ll be on the road to achieving improved overall digestive health.
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