Yoga poses to improve digestive system
Indigestion can lead to many health issues like stomach ache, bloating, constipation, loose motion, and acidity. Digestion of food starts in your mouth and then passed down the stomach and intestines. Intake food is assimilated and absorbed by the entire body. Waste products from the digestion process have removed the body through the anus and this process is called defecation. It is essential to have proper digestion of food in the body to have good health. Your eating habits and activities directly affect the digestion process. You can keep your digestive system healthy and strong simply by changing the eating habits or lifestyle. You can keep your digestive system healthy and strong by changing your lifestyle or eating habits. Here are the best 5 yoga poses that will help you in improving digestion through proper eating habits and make your gut stronger.
1. Seated forward bend pose (Paschimottasana)
Seated forward bend or paschimmotasana helps in relieving constipation and excessive gas from the body. It facilitates minimizing abdominal fat and provides a gentle massage to the digestive organs.
How to do it: You can begin this asana by being seated on the yoga mat and extend your arms by the side and legs in front of you. While doing so keep a hold on your toes and chin placed on your thighs. You need to hold this asana for around a minute and then come back to the starting pose.
2. Wind relieving asana (Pavanamuktasana)
Wind relieving asanas or pavanamultasana eliminates excessive gas from the body and reduces the ailments associated with the stomach. It also enhances the digestion which further assists in expelling gas from the digestive tract. It further provides strength to the abdominal muscles. Begin in the lying position on the yoga mat by extending your legs and hands straight and by your side respectively. Inhale deeply and then lift your legs.
How to do it: Take a deep breath and raise your legs. Bend your knees and bring them towards the chest. Then wrap both your arms around the knees. Hug them for holding the pose. You need to try touching the knees with the nose. You can also hold the pose for around 60 minutes. You can release the asana and return to the starting position.
3. Balasana (Child´s pose)
Child´s pose or balasana is one of the best poses to calm the mind by releasing a lot of stress that your body and mind accumulates with daily activities. This yoga asana is highly beneficial for toning up your lymphatic system, thighs, and hips.
How to do it: You can begin this asana by being in all your four arms. Then sit on your heels and try to bend in the forward direction. Try to bend forward a little more and make efforts to touch your thighs with your chest. Stretch your arms ahead and hold the asana for around two minutes. You can also hold this pose for as long as you feel like and then return to the starting position.
4. Half lord of the fishes pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Half lord of the fishes pose is a great asana that improves your digestion. It also provides a massaging effect on the digestive organs and further improves the health of the liver and pancreas.
How to do it: Start by sitting down with your legs extended forward and keep your spine straight. Bring the left foot towards your pelvic e area by making a bend with your body. Lift the right foot over the knee of the opposite leg. You shall find your left knee near your right foot. Further, twisting the body for bringing the left arm across the right knee. Keep the right arm right behind your back. Stay in this position by holding it for 2 minutes. Return back to the starting position and perform the asana in a similar manner on the opposite side.
5. Triangle pose (Trikonasana)
Trikonasana or the triangle pose improves digestion, stimulates appetite and relieves constipation. It is also beneficial for your kidney and other abdominal organs.
How to do it: Stand with legs plated wide and placing your hands by your side. Turn the right foot towards the right by bending the entire body to the same side. Extend your arms to touch the right foot with your right hand. Return to the original position by repeating the same procedure on the other side. You need to continue normal breathing throughout the practice.