Improve your Digestion with Yoga
Practicing yoga means practicing both your mind and your body. Yoga asanas when are performed they increase your resistance to disease, improve health and develop mental awareness. Yoga has proven itself in providing a wide variety of health benefits both physical as well as mental, including alleviation and even prevention of digestive distress. Therefore the goal of yoga is joining together body and mind into a state of balance and harmony.
Yoga even benefits in various digestive disorders as bloating, cramping, gas after meals, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel diseases as Chron’s and ulcerative colitis and relieving symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pains, acidity, and nausea.
Yoga poses increase the blood flow to the digestive tract stimulating the intestinal action peristalsis making digestion more efficient. Yoga even calms and relaxes digestive system leading to effective elimination of toxins. Various forward bends increase the spaces in the abdomen facilitating the release of entrapped gases.
Following asanas can be performed for improvement of digestion.
- Bhujangasana (or Cobra): Lie down in prone position or the front of your body on the floor, in straight line. Rest one side of head on the floor. Bring your legs and feet together; relax arms by sides with the palms facing the ceiling. Now place your forehead on the floor and palms of hands directly below the shoulders; fingers spread wide and pointing forwards. Bring both arms close to the sides of the body arms bent with elbows pointing towards the feet. Breathe in raise your head, shoulders and front of the body up off the floor (keeping the pubic bone in contact with the floor). Now breathe out push palms down into the floor and raise up body as high as possible (keeping the pubic bone on the floor). Open and expand the front of the body, face looking straight ahead. Take the shoulders back slowly drop head back and look up towards the ceiling. Now relax your buttocks and leg muscles (felling the spine extending and relaxing back). Hold the posture and breathe normally. Push palms into the floor and breathe out lower the front of the body down onto the floor. Rest one side of head on the floor; relax the arms by the sides, palms facing the ceiling. Relax the body now onto the floor. Turn the head to one side and rest quietly releasing out the tension.
- Also Nauli Kriya can be performed to improve the digestive system. Since nauli kriya brings about the movement of the rectus muscles of the abdomen so it must be performed under guidance.
- Adho mukha svanasana (or downwards facing dog) excellent for digestion and calming down.
- Dhanurasana (or bow pose) helps to warm and increase digestion.
- Parsvakoasana (extended side angle pose) good for apana.
- Along with these asanas dietary habits should also be healthy.
- These asanas stimulate the third Chakra or the Manipura Chakra (Coelic or solar plexus) where the inner fire of our body resides.
One must avoid these poses if one is having hiatus hernia, abdominal surgery, abdominal inflammation, sciatica, or back problems, pregnant or menstruating.