Did you know that certain yoga poses “massage” your inner organs, releasing toxins not unlike wringing a towel dry? With this in mind, here are a few yoga poses that are excellent for alleviating bloating & common digestion pains.
Yoga for Bloat & Digestion Relief
Lay on your back with your knees bent, feet hip-width apart. Space your feet and hands so that you can lightly brush your heels with your fingertips. Push your pelvis up, allowing your shoulders to rotate underneath you so you are resting on your shoulder blades, not your neck.
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.
Lay with your back on the ground, and your knees bent. Let your knees fall to one side, and look in the opposite direction, with your arms extended to both sides
Sit with both legs stretched out in front of you. Bend one knee and place that foot on the outside of the extended leg, by the outer thigh. Bring your opposite elbow to the bent knee, twisting the torso as much as you can so that you are gazing behind you.
On all fours, arch your back upwards to “cat” pose, letting your head relax downwards. Then let your back curve downwards and look upwards in “cow” pose. Breathe deeply as you move back and forth between cat and cow poses.
Stand with your feet together, hinge forward at the hips, and bend your knees so that your palms are flat on the floor (if they aren’t already). Shift your weight so that your arms are supporting you as you hop or walk your legs back. Use your hands to push your body back towards your heels until you feel a stretch throughout your back and legs