Improve Digestion with Yoga

Yoga has many effects to people’s health. If you frequently suffer from bloating, cramping, and gas after meals, then try practicing these poses. Yoga poses increase blood flow to your digestive tract and stimulate the intestinal action known as peristalsis so digestion is more efficient. Yoga also calms you, which in turn relaxes your digestive system and leads to more effective elimination. Forward bends increase the space in the abdomen and facilitate the release of entrapped gases. These poses heat the front of the body and cool the back body. For vatas, it is important to stay warm.
Practicing these poses daily on an empty stomach will help. Take a few deep breaths before every meal.
Caution: Avoid these poses if you have had a hiatal hernia or abdominal surgery, have abdominal inflammation, a hyperthyroid condition, diarrhea, sciatica, or back problems, or are pregnant or menstruating.

Cobra Pose

cobra pose

  1. Lie on your stomach with your forehead on the floor. Draw your legs together. . Place your hands under your shoulders with your fingers spread apart. Move your elbows close to your body. Relax your shoulders and keep them lowered away from your ears throughout the pose. Squeeze your buttocks, and press your hipbones and pubic bone into the floor.
  2. Using the muscles in your back, lift your upper body, beginning with your forehead. Next, lift your nose, your neck, and your shoulders, and finally, your upper chest.
  3. Press down into your palms to lift your middle torso off the floor, as pictured. Imagine that you are a strong and flexible cobra. Breathe deeply as you hold here for 3 to 10 breaths
  4. To release, keep your buttocks squeezed as you slowly roll back down to the floor, starting with your middle torso and ending with your nose and forehead. Turn your head to one side and rest quietly. Let go of any tension.
 
There are other two poses which also can help to do same effects as above pose “Bent Elbow Spinal Twist pose “ and “Hero Pose”.

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