5 Yoga Poses That Will Kick Start Your Digestion


Bloating, cramps, you name it, we've all been there.

Whether you've devoured too much food at a family dinner or ate an entire board of cheese (it happens, okay). Whatever the case may be, it doesn't feel good to struggle with indigestion.

Since this is a problem for so many folks, Alex wanted to share her favourite 5 yoga poses that she uses for indigestion. When you introduce deep breathing techniques with specific poses, you are able to stretch out the intestines and in turn get things moving and shaking. No more indigestion! Can I get a heck yes!? 

Supta Matsyendrasana

This easy and gentle twist can help kickstart digestion. Begin by laying on your back, one leg extended and bringing the other knee to chest interlacing fingers across the shin. Take a big inhale and as you exhale bring the knee over to the opposite side. You can bend the other leg as well and extend your opposite arm to the side keeping the shoulder blades connected to the mat. This is a gentle pose so you can hold as long as you feel comfortable and then try it out on the other side. 

Ardha Pawamuktasana

Also known as "Half Gas Release Pose" you can imagine the benefits. Start laying on your back and bring your right knee to the right side of the ribcage. Don't forget about the standing leg and continue to push the heel into the ground making this an active pose. Hold each leg for 1-2 minutes and feel free to repeat. 

Half Revolved Side Angle

Not only does this pose help with constipation, it also gives a nice and deep stretch in the glute. Win-win! Begin in a high lunge placing your right hand next to the left foot. Once you have a solid foundation, slowing begin to peel the left hand all the way up, reaching for the ceiling. Hold this pose for 5-7 deep breathes and repeat on the other side. 

Parivrtta Utkatasana

Twists are your best friend! Get familiar and comfortable with all the yoga twists and you will be set free of your indigestion worries. Begin with your feet together standing in mountain pose, bend deep in the knees bringing the hands into prayer. Once you feel steady, inhale expanding and lengthening the spine vertically and on the exhale twist the upper body bringing the right arm onto the left thigh. As you sink into the pose, try to pull back the right knee so that it is in the same line as the left knee and also be conscious of your shoulders staying higher than your hips. Breathe deeply for 3-5 rounds and release by standing up tall and then repeat on the other side. 

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Bridge Pose

Before entering into Bridge pose, a few cat/cows and flows are a great way to warm up the back. Once you have, start by laying on your mat with your feet planted. Actively pushing your feet and arms into the ground, begin to firm the buttocks and lift the hips until the thighs are parallel with the floor. Keeping the knees over the heels, you can begin to roll the shoulders under and clasp the hands. Stay in the pose for up to a minute, release by untucking the shoulders and hands and a big exhalation, slowly rolling the spine down. Repeat the pose 1 to 2 times. 

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