The health benefits of yoga are known the world over. Apart from providing mental peace, it can also help target specific problems like a bad back, boost a sluggish metabolism, help torch fat, lose weight on the belly or ease digestive woes.

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

Ease your digestive problems with these five yoga poses.

APANASANA

Also known as The “wind-relieving pose” Apanasana is simple.wind-relieving pose
What it does
Provides relief from bloating and gas pains, and improves digestion.
Do it
Lie on your back and place the feet on the floor, directly beneath the knees. Inhale and take your hands to the knees. Exhale and bring the knees to the belly. Hug hard but only till the pose is comfortable. Rock your knees from side to side to maximise the stretch. Stay in the pose for 5-10 full breaths and release. Do the pose five times.

ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA

Also known as Half Lord of the FishesHalf Lord of the Fishes
What it does
Compress the colon from right to left improves digestion. Twists also help cleanse the digestive system. Blood flow to the digestive organs is reduced when you twist; new blood enters when you release.
Do it
Bend your left leg and place the left foot on the ground over the right knee. Bend the right leg and fold so that it rests on the ground, the right heel near the left buttock. Bring the right hand over the left leg and grab the big toe of the left foot. Inhale and while exhaling twist the trunk of the body as much as you can. Turn your neck so that your gaze is over the left shoulder and encircle the waist with your left hand, the palm facing outwards.

BALASANA

Also known as Child’s PoseChild’s Pose
What it does
This yoga move compresses the abdomen and massages internal organs. It normalises blood circulation and stimulates the digestive system.
Do it
Gets into a kneeling position on a yoga mat or the floor. Your knees should be together and your buttocks should be near your feet. Exhale and slowly rest the torso over the thighs so that your forehead touches the mat. Your palms should be on the floor; extend your arms until you feel your shoulder blades stretching across your back. Feel the torso lengthening and the stretch in the spine.

SETU BANDHA SARVANGASANA

Also known as
The Bridge Pose or “Setu Bandha Sarvangasana”The Bridge Pose
What it does
This pose helps improve blood circulation, stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion.
Do it
This mild inversion is simple. Lie down on the floor with your knees bent. Keep your arms beside your body and your feet flat on the floor. Lift up your hips and keep them there to give your chest a good stretch. For better digestion, try a variation. Lift up one hip and hold the pose for five breaths. Repeat on the other side.

SUPTA BADDHA KONASANA

Also known as
Reclining Bound Angle Pose

 

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What it does
Apart from helping relieve the symptoms of stress and mild depression, this pose stimulates your abdominal organs and improves mobility in digestive organs.
Do it
Lies supine on the floor? Bend your knees, place your feet together flat on the ground and bring your heels close to the groins. Press your palms down into the floor beside your hips. As you exhale, contract the abdominal muscles and move the tailbone under and towards the pubic bone. Slowly allow your knees to open up open and float towards the ground. There will be a stretch across the inner thighs and groin. Bring the soles of the feet together and let the outer edge of feet rest on the ground.

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Written by Seema Rout

Seema Rout

According to Seema Rout, Yoga is not about a set of asanas or different ways of breathing techniques. It is a science in itself, she claims, one that unfolds the potential of the human mind and soul. To its long list of benefits, Yoga helps build one’s strength and overcome his or her weakness. “It’s a process of inhaling positivity and exhaling negativity”, she says, putting it in the most yogic way possible. She vouches for the formulae that equates to healthy living, simply put as eat clean, sleep well and think positive. Seema is here to help her clients put this to practice in their daily life with help of yoga.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Seema,
    My mother used to tell me to do some Yoga after waking up as I had been suffering from bloating and gas. But I never listen to her. Now that it has gone worse, I am thinking about starting Yoga. Thanks for sharing these 5 Yoga poses to help digestion. Will definitely try it. Cheers!

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