Yoga Poses to Ease Digestive Discomfort


By Gaia Staff

If you’re one of the many American who suffers from occasional digestive discomfort, yoga offers a natural way to get relief. Just as you would adapt your diet to address your needs, try including some of these poses into your regular practice.

Cat-Cow – Marjaryasana-Bitilasana

  • Improves posture and balance
  • Strengthens and stretches the spine and neck
  • Stretches the hips, abdomen and bac
  • Increases coordination
  • Massages and stimulates organs in the belly, like the kidneys and adrenal glands.
  • Relieves stress and calms the mind

 

Downward-Facing Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress
  • Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
  • Strengthens the arms and legs
  • Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis

 

Extended Puppy Pose – Uttana Shishosana

  • Releases tension in you upper arms, shoulders, and neck
  • Expands the whole front of your chest
  • Stretches out your abdominal muscles
  • Gently stimulates your back muscles in preparation for further backbends
  • Opens up your hips and stretches your hamstrings

 

Bridge Pose – Setu Bandha Saravangasana

  • Streches your chest, neck, spine, and hips
  • Strengthens your back, buttocks, and hamstring muscles
  • Calms your brain and central nervous system
  • Alleviates stress and mild depression
  • Massages abdominal organs and improves digestion/li>
  • Relieves the symptoms of menopause
  • Reduces anxiety, backaches, headaches, and insomnia

 

Wind-Relieving Pose – Ardha Pawanmuktasana

  • Stretches the neck and back
  • Pressure on the abdomen releases any trapped gases in the large intestine
  • Blood circulation is increased to all the internal organs
  • Relieves constipation
  • Strengthens the back and abdominal muscles
  • Massages the intestines and other organs in the abdomen
  • Eases tension in the lower back

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Supine Twist – Supta Matsyendrasana

  • Encourages movement and mobility in your spine and vertebrae<
  • Stretches your chest, shoulders, lower back, hips, middle spine, and upper back
  • Alleviates pain or stiffness in your lower back, spine, and hips
  • Improves sluggish digestion
  • Massages, stretches, and tones your internal organs

 

Seated Forward Bend Pose – Paschimottanasana

  • Stretches the hamstrings, spine, and lower back
  • Calms the mind, relieves stress, and anxiety
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves symptoms of PMS and menopause
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus

 

Child’s Pose – Balasana

  • Gently stretches your lower back, hips, thighs, knees, and ankles
  • Relaxes your spine, shoulders, and neck
  • Increases blood circulation to your head, minimizing headache symptoms
  • Massages your internal organs
  • Calms the mind and central nervous system
  • Relieves stress, fatigue, and tension

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