No matter what kind of healthy lifestyle you lead, or good foods that you eat, feeling full from indigestion is a quick way to feel bloated and weighed down. Everyone knows that yoga is great for the body and the mind, but we’re about to give you some tips on the best kinds of yoga poses that help with digestion. The poses below help your digestive organs and your metabolic ones (or, those organs that regulate your metabolism). They also can help the vagus nerve, which is the connection between the mind and the gut. You can try this series of poses next time you feel a little groggy, or even just after you’ve finished a big dinner!
Poses 1 and 2
These poses (the first two in the top row) are a cleansing sequence that targets your intestines and stress. To perform the pose, you can be seated or standing, but make sure you are comfortable. Make fists with your hands and bring them to your middle/lower abdomen, just below the rib cage. Inhale fully. Exhale out of your mouth and bend forward, pressing your fists into your abdomen. Try massaging your gut slightly as you do. Repeat one to three times as necessary, concentrating on releasing both the physical and mental toxins in your body.
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This pose is a great twist for alleviating stressed and tight muscled from indigestion. Begin the position in a squat, facing forward and balancing on your toes. You can out a little weight on the heels if necessary. Twist your body to the right and bring your left forearm outside the right knee while lifting your straight right arm up past your head. Hold this pose for five to ten breathes and repeat on the other find.
This pose is the first picture in the second row, and is perfect for your core. Lift your legs into the air, and hold your arms straight out in front of you so you’re balancing on your bottom, and hold the position for five to ten breathes. The position helps to strengthen your core, and helps your mind to remember how strong your muscles there already are!
The seated spinal twist is next, which is a basic pose, but essential in an attempt to help along digestion. Put one leg over the other and twist your core so you’re facing to the right. Rest your arm on your knee and hold for five to ten breaths. Repeat on both sides.
Finish this series of poses with a shoulder stand, one of the most powerful yoga poses for your thyroid. Try to keep your body as straight as possible in this pose, and hold it for two minutes, or longer if it feels good. Try to relax your mind as you maintain this pose, and clear your head of any of that mental indigestion, so to speak. Yoga is a great way to clear your mind at the same time that your body is detoxing, and this pose is a perfect one for creating a little meditation.
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