YOGA & EXERCISE

Yoga for Digestion: 4 Best Poses to Boost Your Metabolism Today

Treat your gut well by practicing a few poses of yoga for digestion every day

Practice seated side bend and supine spinal twist to promote digestive health

Try the knees-to-chest pose of yoga to relieve gas and feel better immediately

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Bajaj Finserv Health
November 18th, 2021
8 mins read

Yoga helps your body heal from within and boosts its immunity and functions. This allows you to restrict the ill effects of common issues like digestive problems. Doing yoga for digestion can reduce any constipation and bloating you experience. It increases blood circulation and provides energy to the organs responsible for digestion in your body [1].  

You can practice yoga to relieve gas or do yoga for gastric and acidity issues by just taking a few minutes out of your day. These indoor yoga exercises are easy to do. All you need in terms of yoga equipment is a yoga mat and if possible, two blocks and a strap. Read on to know more about yoga for digestion 

How yoga helps with digestion

Ayurveda regards agni as the source of nutrition, awareness and intelligence. There are many expressions of agni that affect the body and mind. Digestive fire is one of the most important manifestation of agni. So, the digestive system in this regard is the main hub, which churns out the fire from food we eat. Digestive problems have a root cause here and starts when the digestive tract is unable to extract the fire from the food we eat.

Yoga for gastric problem has the power to rectify your digestive capacity. To put it simply, digestion refers to the process of breakdown of food to provide your body with nutrients and expel waste products. Improper digestion can lead to gas, bloating, discomfort, and effect your stool type and frequency. [2] Incomplete digestion is the body’s inability to churn out the nutrients and minerals from food, which leads to deficiencies in the long-terms and a lot of related ailments.  

Yoga for gastric health works towards keeping the gut-brain axis strong and effective. The gut-brain axis is a communication system of nerves and biochemical signals that passes through the blood, connecting the digestive system to the brain [3]. When this system is under stress your gut may show symptoms such as: 

  • diarrhea and constipation 
  • stomachache
  • nausea 

This stress can be both physical and mental, which yoga can rectify on every level. Unlike medicines that only treat the problem, yoga goes deep to change body’s connection with the mind, letting it heal from every angle.

4 Yoga poses to assist your digestion

To begin your journey towards good gut health, include these indoor yoga exercises in your daily routine.  

Parsva Sukhasana or Seated Side Bend

To begin with, sit on the yoga mat in a cross-legged position, with your hands touching the floor at your sides. Now, raise your left arm straight into the air and lean towards your right side. When maintaining this position, keep your right arm on the floor facing outward. Hold this for 4–5 breaths and then switch sides and repeat. This position boosts digestion and is a good pose of yoga for digestive system. You can practice this asana after meal in case you are feeling heavy. 

Supta Matsyendrasana or Supine Spinal Twist

Lie down on your back on the yoga mat. To start this pose, bend both knees with the soles of your feet flat on the floor. Now lift your hips 1–2 inches off the ground and shift them to the right gently, a little outside the body. Then, lower your hips back to the floor and straighten your left leg and grab your right knee and bring it towards your chest. While keeping your left leg straight, gently rotate to the left and bring your right knee over your left. Instead of forcing your knee to the ground, allow it to gently drape over your left leg. Next, bring your right arm back and place it straight on the floor, perpendicular to your body. Take your left hand and gently press on your right knee for a greater stretch. Alternatively, leave your left arm straight. Maintain this pose for 4-5 breaths and then repeat on the other side. This pose improves digestion and reduces bloating and constipation.

Apanasana or Knees to Chest

To do this pose, you will have to lie on your back, in a resting position, with your legs straight. Now, slowly bend your knees and bring them toward your chest, using your arms to pull them closer. Hold this position for 4–5 deep breaths. This position is good for your large intestine and promotes the right bowel movement. 

Marjaryasana-Bitilasana or Cat-Cow

A fusion of two yoga poses, cat and cow, this pose helps you stretch your back and belly muscles, which improves circulation and gently massages your digestive organs to promote gut peristalsis. Get on to your hands and knees and align your hips and your wrists with your shoulders and knees. Start the cow pose by tilting your pelvis so that your tailbone goes up and your belly moves down. From here, gently roll your shoulders back and raise your head by looking upward. Hold this position for 4–5 breaths and come back to neutral pose. Now, start the cow pose, place the tops of your feet on the floor with the soles of your feet facing upward. Tuck in your tailbone, draw your belly button towards your spine, and roll your shoulders forward so that you’re arching your back. Gently lower your head and hold here for 4–5 breaths. 

The best part about choosing yoga for gastric and acidity problems or to boost metabolism is that it has no side effects. By following the right routine, you can reverse the ill effects of gastric problems. To address serious issues, do not hesitate to talk to a specialist near you. Book an online consultation or an in-person appointment on Bajaj Finserv Health. This way you can address symptoms before they worsen. 

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.

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