Yoga for Digestion: 5 Poses for a Healthy Colon
If you’re concerned about your digestive health, you may want to look to yoga in addition to your colon cleansing product. More than 15 million Americans currently practice yoga for a variety of spiritual and physical benefits, including digestive health.
Believe it or not, with the right poses, you’ll be able to increase your gastrointestinal circulation, improve food absorption, reduce acid and gas, and even remove some pesky constipation products.
The following are five yoga poses that have been shown helpful in aiding digestion, and therefore keeping your colon clean, healthy, and unclogged.
1.The Happy Baby Pose
The Happy Baby Pose, or Pawanmuktasana, is a great introduction to a series of digestion-enhancing poses because it allows you the chance to break wind early in your practice. Because of this, you may want to practice this pose in private.
To start, lie on your back and slowly bring your legs up to a 90 degree angle. Then, bend your knees and bring your thighs to your chest. Separate your knees, reach your hands between your legs, and grab your ankles. Then, rock from side to side and enjoy the pose. This will relieve gas bubbles and can even be enjoyable.
Hold the pose for up to a minute.
Relieves: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, gas, bloating
2. The Seated Heart Opener
If you’re operating on a full stomach, the Seated Heart Opener will create space in your tummy and allow for faster digestion.
To perform this pose, begin by sitting on your heels. Then, lean back and place your palms flat against the floor, about eight to ten inches behind you. Make sure your fingertips are pointing away. After you’ve attained the posture, anchor yourself and lift your chest as high as possible into the air. Arch your back, pushing your hips into the ground to gain leverage.
If you want to increase the stretch, try lowering your head behind you and stretching out your throat. Hold this pose for five breaths.
Relieves: Abdominal cramps
3. Wide Squat With Twist
This is a pose that adds on to the traditional wide squat, if you are familiar with that. If not, begin in wide squat by placing your feet a little larger than hips’ width apart and squatting down to just a few inches above the floor.
Then, bring your right arm between your knees and place your right palm flat on the floor. Stretch your left arm up in the air directly across from your right arm. Stay there for five breaths, then come back to the center for one more breath. Repeat on the left side.
Relieves: Bloating, lower intestinal gas
4. Child’s Pose
Another pose that many enjoy is the Child’s Pose. Start by kneeling on your mat and taking a deep breath in. As you release the breath, lie your torso onto your thighs and rest your arms on your lower back, beside your legs, or in front of you.
Take five breaths in and out. When you’re ready to move on, inhale to lift your torso up.
Relieves: Digestive juices, gas pains
5. Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose
This restorative posture is so helpful in aiding digestion that it is recommended on the Help for IBS website.
To perform, bring one side of your body as close to the wall as possible. Then, turn your upper body to face the wall and lead back slightly, pressing your palms into the floor behind you. Place your legs against the wall and then slowly bring your back to the floor.
Hold this pose for 15 minutes, and remember to place a blanket or pillow underneath your hips to give relief to your back.
Relieves: IBS, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea
Other Things to Keep in Mind
When you’re performing these poses, it’s important to remember to regulate your breathing. Inhale and exhale through your nose, allowing your belly to fill up with air.
Make sure to focus on relaxing both your mind and body as well. With any luck, you’ll be treating the stress that can contribute to poor digestion as well.