Hi yogis, welcome back to my humble website 🙂
Today I’m going to write about our strong and well-loved tummy. I basically, due to my scoliosis, had indigestion and feel bloated pretty often – this was being told by my chiropractor. And for the longest of time, ENO has been my best friend to soothe any indigestion that I had.
But I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only who has been suffering through bloating, indigestion, constipation, and cramps. They are just not fun to have, it will make you feel so uncomfortable and honestly pretty insecure cause you will feel like everyone is looking at your bloated tummy. (or is it just me?)
Well I have written about different yoga poses for different situations before such as;
P/s: To get more different routine, check out my review on Alo Moves here.
But apart of all these, did you know there are also yoga poses for better digestion?
How Can Yoga Help?
So far, I have talked a lot about how yoga is not about doing the poses and being cool on Instagram. Yoga most importantly is to move the body in the way that will benefit it from inside out. Simple yet effective movements can really help to stimulate internal organs.
And the more you practice yoga, the more it will help you in wanting to become better & better. Take yoga as something like a “detox” for your body and mind.
Apart from that, I have read and believed that our mind and stomach are very closely related. For example, have you ever noticed that the more anxious you are, the worse your stomach will feel? Like no appetite, gassy and just pure uncomfortable. Or how we usually say “I’m having butterflies in my stomach”. Yeah..
Since yoga is an exercise for the body and mind, it will definitely help you in reducing any bloating that you’re going through as it’s not only massaging your internal organs but also calming your mind.
But, of course, taking care of your diet, of what you’re putting in your mouth will definitely help too, to reduce overeating.
When To Practice
Definitely not right after the meal – unless you wanna get everything back out 🙁
Give yourself a few hours after your meal when you’re no longer feeling full.
For me, I like to practice these yoga poses only I’m feeling bloated. Honestly, after practicing yoga daily, I feel bloated a lot lot less now and don’t necessarily need to do these poses every day. What I would do is just to incorporate these poses in my daily routine.
However, that does not mean I’m “cured” from feeling bloated. I can feel bloated again whenever I’m out with my friends for celebrations and we pigged out. Whenever I have this feeling again, if it’s disturbing my sleep, I will do it before bed. And if I’m still feeling okay, I’ll do the below poses in the morning.
Yoga Poses For Better Digestion
1. Seated Side Bend Pose
- Come into crossed legged position
- Spine is long, heart over pelvis, head over heart
- On an inhale, raise your right hand up
- On an exhale, gently bring your right arm to the left side
- Bend into a side stretch
- Make sure to open up your chest and not to slouch
- Hold for at least 5 deep breaths
- Repeat on the left side
2. Knees to Chest Pose
- From lying down, on an inhale, bring your knees up to your chest
- Wrap your hands around your knees/shins
- Pull the hip bone upward, so you can feel your lower back
- Rock gently from side to side, forward and backward, whatever makes you feel good
- Do at least 5 deep breaths here
- To release, on an exhale, release your legs down to the mat
3. Spinal Twist Pose
- Lying on your back, arms stretched out by the side, like the T shape
- On an inhale, bring the knees up
- On an exhale, drop the knees down over to the left
- On an exhale, gaze to your right fingertips
- Try to keep shoulder flat on the floor
- Let the gravity pulls the body down to the earth on each exhale
- Do at least 5 breaths here
- Bring the knees back up on an inhale
- Lower the knees down on an exhale to the right
Before ending with corpse pose, try to incorporate knees to chest as much as possible.
4. Corpse Pose
- Keep your lying down position
- Tuck your shoulder blades in together
- Rest your legs, you can keep them further apart, as comfortable
- Place your hands at your side, palms facing up
- Or you can also place your right hand at your tummy and left hand at your heart
- Stay here for at least 5 minutes..
Consistency Is Again, The Key
I think I have mentioned for a while now, but in life in general, consistency is one of the main keys for success 🙂
So for the bloatedness, indigestions, constipation to occur a lot less, consistency of practicing yoga poses above – or simply yoga, in general, is important.
Practicing the poses above when you’re feeling bloated can help, but you know what they say.. “Prevention is always better than cure” 😀
The routine that I had shared is super simple, it will only take perhaps 10 minutes of your time. If you’re someone who gets bloated rather easily, would definitely recommend doing this daily to see a big difference.
But again, you can really see the difference in your body and mind once yoga practice has become a daily routine. My advice is to try simple yoga for one month consistently every day, and see what changes has it brings 🙂
Anyway, if you are someone who gets bloated rather easily, what’s your usual remedy? If you have given the poses a try, do let me know what you think of them in the comment section down below 🙂
& As always, thank you for reading 🙂