Yoga is the way whether you’re looking to calm your body or tone your body! The best part about Yoga is that it can be performed both at the comfort of your home or anywhere in a fitness center for more motivation. But due to pandemic, the fitness centers are shut, so for more motivation, you can join online workout classes that offer Yoga sessions as part of their training. Yoga is known to de-stress you (much needed during this time) and also can help with digestion that will instantly lift up your mood.
No matter how busy you are, a twice a week yoga session is enough to help build immunity, de-stress you and help you with digestion. These Yoga poses listed below will help you with digestion, make your skin glow and keep your mind calm.
Indigestion can make you feel bloated and provide discomfort. The role of the digestive system is to break down the food that you eat and convert it into energy. But if you feel, your body is disturbed at some point, try performing these Yoga poses at home to build a stronger gut and improve your digestion.
Yoga poses for digestion:
You can watch the video on YouTube to perform poses that you’re not sure of. Below are the basic yoga poses to stimulate the digestion process. You can take help externally by joining online fitness training for more effective results.
- Cat/Cow Pose:
- Take a yoga mat or a bed sheet and sit on it with your hands and knees under your shoulders. Your knees must be placed on the floor.
- Keep your head neutral position.
- Now, inhale as you drop your belly towards the ground and gaze up towards the ceiling with your face gazing upwards. This is the cow pose.
- Exhale as you hump your back and move your neck towards the floor. The pose should look like a cat stretching. Now repeat the position at least 5 times.
- Forward Fold:
- Stand upright in Tadasana pose with your hands on your sides.
- Exhale and bend forward from the hip joints towards the floor.
- Keep your torso in a straight line and try to touch the ground while touching your face to your knees and hands on the ground.
- Now, try to come back to the original position and repeat the set for 10 counts.
- Upward Dog:
- Lie down on the floor with your stomach flat on the ground.
- Place your hands on the ground with your elbows bent in a perpendicular position.
- Inhale as you push yourself away from the ground with your hands firmly placed on the floor and lift your torso up.
- Be in the position for 5 seconds and now exhale while coming back to the original position.
- Repeat the set for 5 times.
- Child’s pose:
- Kneel down on the floor and sit on the heels.
- Separate your knees as wide as hips and exhale while your torso lies between the thighs.
- Lengthen your arms in the front as much as possible. You will feel a stretch.
- Stay in the position for 10 seconds and repeat the pose 5 times.
- Downward facing dog pose:
This pose is known to restore your energy and increase blood circulation, literally improving digestion.
- Begin on your hands and knees.
- Your knees need to be below your hips and your hands slightly in front of your shoulders.
- Now, inhale and exhale when you straighten your knees away from the floor.
- Lift your tailbone towards the ceiling, lengthen your spine while pushing your heels towards the floor.
- Relax your neck and head.
- Hold the position for a few seconds and release.
- Repeat the same set 5 times.
- Reclining spinal twist:
- Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor and your arms extended to each side.
- Inhale then exhale while slowly letting both knees fall to the right side while your head to the left side.
- Relax your knees and shoulders into the floor as you inhale and exhale for 10 breaths.
- Now, switch sides and repeat for 8 times.
- Triangle Pose:
- Stand up straight with your feet apart.
- Turn your right foot outwards and your left foot inwards.
- Inhale then Exhale and bend at your right hip as your left arm raises upwards and your right arm lowers down towards the ground, resting on your knee or on your ankle.
- Do not overstretch.
- Take a few breaths then straighten your body and epeat on the other side.
- Seated forward bend pose:
- Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front and your hands by your side.
- Keep your back straight.
- Now, inhale and lift your arms straight in front of the chest.
- Bend forward towards your feet as much as possible.
- Try to touch your toes and place your chin on your knees.
- Hold the position for 10 seconds and come back to the original position.
- Wind relieving pose:
- Lie down on the floor on your back with legs at 90 degrees and hands by your side.
- Now, bend your knees and bring them towards your chest.
- Hug your knees to keep them near your chest.
- Try to touch your knees with your nose.
- Hold the position for 30 seconds and come back in the original position.
- Repeat this 5 times.
- Half lord of the fishes pose:
- Sit down on the floor with your legs extended forward and keep your spine straight.
- Bring your left foot near your pelvic by bending your knees.
- Bring the right foot over the left knee.
- Twist your body to bring the left arm over the left leg and keep the right arm behind.
- Hold the position for 30 seconds, come back in the original position.
- Repeat this 6 times.
How does Yoga help with digestion?
Yoga helps to stretch the stomach muscles and stimulate the organs that move digestion along. It even helps with stress and anxiety which is directly linked to digestion. Yoga relaxes the mind and stretches the body which in return helps with proper digestion.
Indigestion can cause stomach ache, bloating, gas, constipation and even acidity. Hence, proper digestion of food is essential for a healthy body and calm mind. Your digestion system may get hampered due to unhealthy eating habits and poor lifestyle choices. So, make the right choice- eat healthy and try the above Yoga poses to build a good digestive system. You can try online workout classes for better results.