Fire Up Your Digestion With These Yoga Poses

Yoga For Digestion

Yoga can help strengthen your digestive system and ease problems such as constipation, acidity, and indigestion. Some specific yoga asanas or poses can even improve metabolism, tone digestive organs, and enhance blood flow to them. Incorporate yogasanas such as ardha matysendrasana, dhanurasana, shalabhasana, and uttanasana into your daily yoga regimen to improve digestion. Asanas like pavanmuktasana and vajrasana can also be performed right after eating to fend off indigestion.

Is your busy lifestyle leaving you with a host of niggling digestive disorders? Does an odd spot of overindulgence throw your tummy off gear? Poor appetite, low energy, constipation, acid reflux can all be signs that your digestive system is functioning below par. While it’s always good to get professional medical advice, you can also look at natural ways to help your body. Yoga therapy, with its ability to tone, strengthen, and relax, also benefits our internal organs and helps them function optimally. Try a few simple yoga poses for digestion and feel the difference.

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Harness Agni Or Digestive Fire Through Yoga

According to ayurveda, agni or digestive fire is the force that comprehensively regulates our living bodies. It breaks down not just what we eat and drink but everything else we ingest from the environment, eliminating waste and metabolizing what the body needs. Our appearance, physical strength, energy, and ojas, the vitality which puts a spring in your step and a glow on your face, all this and more are determined by agni. Agni also keeps diseases at bay. In modern parlance, a comparable, though less evocative term for agni would be metabolism. When agni is weak, say through bad eating habits or lifestyle factors, our digestion takes a hit.

Yoga actively helps the function of agni and can benefit the digestive process in many ways:

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While a regular yoga regimen can help all your bodily functions, the following asanas are especially useful when it comes to digestion.

Ardha Matysendrasana (Seated Half Spinal Twist): To Improve Digestive Movement

Abdominal twists like the ardh matysendrasana stimulate metabolism and massage internal organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and colon, thereby improving blood circulation and bowel movements. It also relieves constipation.

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Dhanurasana (Bow Pose): To Tone Abdominal Muscles And Stimulate Digestive Organs

Dhanurasana is a powerful back bending pose that restores balance to the entire digestive system. As the name suggests, your body takes on a bow-like posture while performing this asana.

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Pavanmuktasana (Wind Relief Pose): To Release Trapped Gas And Other Toxins

This asana presses down and massages the ascending and descending colon, stimulating blood flow to the digestive organs. The compression helps to relieve gas trapped in the abdomen. Pavanamuktasana can be a part of your daily yoga routine. Additionally, this is a good pose to perform after a heavy meal, if you’ve overindulged yourself and are feeling the consequences!

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Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend): To Stimulate Blood Flow To Digestive Organs

Uttanasana improves digestion by compressing the abdominal region and stimulating blood flow to the digestive organs. It is also a deeply relaxing pose.

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Shalabhasana (Locust Pose): To Tone Abdomen And Strengthen Digestive Organs

The locust pose tones the abdominal region and solar plexus, with particular benefit to the kidneys, pancreas, and liver. It helps resolve any digestive malfunctioning and strengthens the bladder.

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Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose): To Ease Digestion And Fight Stomach Issues

The thunderbolt pose helps the body overcome hyperacidity, indigestion, constipation, gas formation, and ulcers. It also helps to improve weak digestion. Practise vajrasana daily after a meal to ensure that your food is well digested. Avoid sitting in vajrasana if you have stiffness in the feet, ankles, or knees or if you have a slipped disc.

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