Uddiyana Bandha for a Healthier Digestive System

One of the benefits of yoga is having a healthier digestive system. A healthy digestive system allows the body to better absorb the nutrients that is consumed, and improves excretion of waste materials from the body.

Yoga poses massage the vital organs of digestive system and stimulate digestive muscles. When these organs are squeezed and tightened in various poses, it aids the body in eliminating waste materials. Similarly, when we stretch and relax the organs, it encourages more nutrients to enter those regions.

Besides twisting poses, another way to alleviate constipation is practicing Uddiyana Bandha. It exercises the internal organs, muscles and diaphragmatic strength of abdominal muscles. The benefits of Uddiyana Bandha include strengthening and rejuvenating nerves of the gastrointestinal tract as well as all the endocrine glands of the abdomen, and aiding in releasing toxins from digestive tract and colon cleansing.

Instructions for Uddiyana Bandha:
1. Start with feet slight apart, round your torso forward, knees bent and hands resting on knees.
2. Inhale deeply through your nose then exhale quickly and completely to release as much oxygen out of the body.
3. Do mock inhalation using your chest, locking your glottis and restraining air from entering your lungs, and at the same time, relaxing abdomen
4. Hold your breath as you focus your energy on trying to inhale more while keeping abdomen relaxed
5. Relax mock inhalation, letting your chest and abdominal organs drop and your abdomen release forward

The best time to practice is in the morning, with an empty stomach. Avoid practicing this if you have high blood pressure, menstruation or are pregnant.

Amanda
200 hours YTT Jan (Weekends)