Yoga for Indigestion



Modern lifestyle has a lot of demands on the body that can contribute to the problem of indigestion. Processed foods, chemically-treated, ‘de-vitalized foods’ such as artificially colored and preserved meats, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and products made with white flour or white sugar or both and eating heavy, oily, fried foods, rich sauces or desserts are often difficult to digest. Some common causes of indigestion can be emotional stress and tension, lack of exercise, overeating, wrong combination of foods or simply suffering from stomach ailments like constipation or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc.

There are some wonderful poses to rid oneself of these. These poses can be energizing. They rejuvenate the muscles, relax the body and ease the stomach of any tension. Restorative in action and curative in purpose, these poses are rather healing in nature. Here’s to get started.


Hero Pose (Virasana) and variations

The foremost asana to do for digestion and get your digestive juices working is this pose. This pose can be done even after eating or at any other time of the day. Those who need assistance may do this pose by sitting on a bolster or a cushion. Rest in this pose for five to ten minutes.

Reclined Hero Pose (Supta Virasana) is yet another good posture which maybe done after a meal. This again gets the digestion and metabolism started quickly. Support of bolsters and cushions maybe taken for the back while lying down in this pose. Rest in this posture for five to ten minutes.


Supine Yoga Poses

These poses should be done on an empty stomach every morning or in the evening. The workout of supine poses may begin with the following asanas:

The Wind-releasing Pose (Pawanamukta Asana) where you bend your one knee and hold it with your hands and hold it down to your stomach. Exhale while you get your knee to your stomach. Press it down to your stomach keeping the other leg straight. Breathe normally. Repeat with the other leg. Repeat this five times. Repeat with both legs bent.

Upward Stretched Legs (Urdhva Prasarita Pada Asana) with one leg and a strap. Pull the raised leg towards the body. Repeat with the other leg. Repeat with both legs five times.



The Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

This pose is most beneficial for strengthening the nervous system and releasing body tension. It tones the abdominal muscles, helping to reduce abdominal flab and fat. It improves brain activity and affects most of the endocrine glands. It stimulates the thyroids, thymus, liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas. Be sure to relax for more than five minutes after doing this strenuous and powerful backbend.

These poses mentioned above are like elixir for the tummy that can work to bring it back on a normal function and routine. The whole digestive system is restored and balance is attained.

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