Did you know that yoga is good not only for your muscles and mind, but also for your internal organs?
Certain yoga positions act like a massage for your digestive organs, making yoga during the lunch hour (before you eat, not after) a surprisingly beneficial exercise. Regularly practicing yoga can help prevent and heal many common digestive problems, such as indigestion, acid reflux, bloating, pain, constipation, and diarrhea. So put down the Pepto-Bismol and pick up your yoga mat!
Lunch Hour Yoga Positions:
Kneel on the ground and exhale as you fold your torso over your legs. Let your arms relax on the floor next to your side, and touch your forehead to the ground.
Rise from Child’s Pose and place your hands in front of you, shoulder width apart, then inhale as you round your back. Then exhale as you arch your back in the opposite direction. Slowly repeat the rounding and arching motion with your back three times.
Lay with your back flat on the ground and legs fully extended. Then slowly bring your right knee up to your chest, leaving your left leg resting on the ground. Hold your knee with your hands for 30 seconds, then release it and bring your left knee to your chest this time. Release your left legs after 30 seconds and return to your original laying position. Finally, bring both knees in towards your chest, clasp your hands around your legs, and round your back so your buttocks come slightly off the floor. Attempt to bring your forehead to your knees, and hold this position for as long as you like, just remember to continue breathing deeply.
From the Wind-Relieving Pose, release your knees and slowly let them fall to your left side. Extend your arms outwards from the shoulders, keep your upper back flat on the ground, and look to the right. After 30 seconds, switch side so that your knees are to the right of your torso, and your head is looking to the left.