3 yoga poses to help your digestive system!

In today’s society, food is often pre-packaged with convenience being its main selling point. As such, we are experiencing more digestive issues than ever before as our body is unable to digest the processed food laden with pesticides and chemicals. Common symptoms are often bloating, gas or constipation. To help ease these symptoms, here are 3 yoga poses you can do to help relieve any discomfort you are experiencing as they help to stretch our internal organs and “squeeze out” any toxins.

1. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

From plank pose, exhale and use your core to press your hips up and back. Hands are shoulder width and feet hip distance apart. Legs should be straight with a microbend in the knees. Eyes of your forearms are facing each other and your shoulder blades drawn towards your tailbone. Stay here for 5 breaths and repeat 2 more times.

During this position, pull your navel to the spin and take deep breaths to help encourage the digestive function of the spleen, liver and kidneys.

2. Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)

Ensure your feet are hip width apart with your back foot at 45 degrees. With your right hand on your sacrum, first lean forwards and ensure your hips are level before twisting from your mid back and opening up your chest to the right. Keep your back foot grounded to the floor and place your left hand on the outer edge of your front right foot. Ensure your hips are squared by checking your sacrum is a straight line with your right hand. When you feel comfortable, lift your right hand up and so it in a straight line with your left hand and shoulders. Look to the top of your left thumb. Repeat on both sides.

This position compresses and releases the colon, thereby stimulating the movement of toxins which may have been accumulated.

3. Ardha Pawamuktasana (Half Gas Release Pose )

Lying down, keep your left leg straight on the floor while bringing your right knee towards your right rib cage. Wrap your hands your hamstrings, just above your knee and pull your shin towards you. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Repeat on the other side.

As the name suggest, this pose promotes gas elimination as it presses on the ascending colon on the right side and descending colon on the left.

TC @ 200hr Vinyasa Flow