Can you boost digestion simply by committing to a yoga routine that includes specific yoga poses for digestion? Here are five poses to get you moving!
Whether we like it or not, our digestive system isn’t always as cooperative as we’d like. A sluggish digestive system often leads to depleted energy levels and a lackluster metabolism. But what if you could boost your own digestion simply by committing to a routine that includes specific yoga poses for digestion?
Your digestive system is happiest when you feed it healthy, unprocessed foods at regular intervals, when you get a solid eight to nine hours of sleep each night, and especially when you can manage your stress in a healthy way. Yoga works to calm the nervous system, which can relax your mind and consequently, your gut.
Here are five yoga poses for digestion to help keep the peace:
Standing Side Bend
Stand with your feet together. Bring your arms above your head with your palms together. Lean your torso and reach your fingertips to the side. This side stretch also stimulates your core muscles, which can encourage intestinal movement.
Heel to the Butt Pose
Come down to your left knee with your right foot on the floor in front of you. Lean your hips forward. Reach around and grab your left foot with your left hand for an intense hip and abdominal stretch. Pad the left knee if this feels uncomfortable.
Revolved Chair Pose
Bend your knees into chair pose with thighs together. Bring your palms together with the elbows out. Turn your torso to the right. Latch your left elbow to the outside of your right thigh and rotate into a deep twist. Deep twists are also said to help flush out toxins.
Lying Over the Roll Pose
A Forrest yoga specialty, fold a large towel in half long-ways and roll it like a sleeping bag. Lie over the top of it with the roll against your abdomen. This may feel uncomfortable at first, but it works to draw blood to your gut, increasing healing and digestion.
Supine Spinal Twist
Lie flat on your back and bring a knee in towards your chest. Gently guide the knee across your body and over to the left. Bring arms out to a “T”. Aside from digestion, regular spinal twists also stretch your back and hips. Repeat the pose on the other side.
Use these yoga poses for digestion to restore your body. When your hip flexors, obliques and transverse abdominals get tight from stress, sitting too long or bad posture, your digestive system responds negatively. When you move more, you “move” more!
Lisa Payne is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, and travel. She stems from a background in television, playwriting, and personal training. Always on the go, follow her on social media or check out her website at lisapaynefitness.com.