5 Poses for Better Digestion
Good digestion can be the difference between a good day and a bad day. If you're suffering from tummy troubles, yoga can help. These five poses can help relieve gas, bloating and constipation so you can feel light on your feet.
Compression of the intestines and digestive organs can be very helpful in soothing tummy troubles. This variation of a squat resembles the position many people still use to go to the bathroom, so of course it is helpful to get the process started. Here, the knees stay parallel and you lower the hips as much as you can. You can use your fingertips to support you as I have or use blocks, pillows or whatever else you have on hand to place your hands on. You can also place a rolled up blanket under the heels or in the backs of the knees of additional support/comfort.
Similar to Squat Pose, this pose also compresses the digestive organs but it allows you to rock side to side and back forth and so you can really compress different parts of the belly. It is also a great substitute for Squat Pose if that proves too difficult.
Happy baby pose builds on Knees to Chest Pose but compresses the sides of the front body where the colon is located. See where this is going? If you can't grab the feet, you can grab the outer ankles or the backs of the thighs right above the knee.
Twist are another great way to compress the digestive organs, reorient them a bit and create more pressure in the lower torso. Be sure to keep the knee close to the body by keeping your foot flat on the ground. It may help to move the foot forward a little to make it easier. Be sure to sit up nice and tall. Place one hand back behind you for support and the other can hug your bent knee or the elbow can keep the knee close to your body as I've done in photo.
Backbends can be helpful because they stretch your internal organs and can again, reorient and move things around in a different way. I especially like Bow Pose because it both stretches and compresses the internal organs. As you breath, you will notice that you will rock back and forth slightly, which is also beneficial to solving digestive issues. This pose can be difficult if you can't reach your feet: if so, loop a rolled up towel or a strap around the front of the feet and grab onto the ends of the towel or strap instead.
Try doing a few of these poses for 10-30 breaths in the order listed and repeat the sequence a few times for better results. Good luck!