Yoga is an excellent way to improve digestion and reduce bloating caused by gas.
The twists and the forward bends along with all the conscious breath work are such a wonderful way to improve digestion. Adding the emphasis on drawing the navel to the spine at the end of exhalation is an added bonus. These postures help to “massage” your internal organs which is perfect for detoxification and to get your body to help things “move along”. Yoga also reduces stress which is a huge reason for digestive issues. Deep breathing is done in yoga and releases tension in the abdomen which is a place where many of us hold our tension.
Be seated on the floor with knees bent and feet together flat on the ground.
Now you need to place your hands behind your thighs.
Lift your right shin and make it parallel to the floor.
Do not round your back as you move both sides of your navel towards your spine.
It is time to broaden your collarbone and bring your right toes to the floor.
Lift your left leg parallel to the floor.
Move your leg back and forth from right to left 10 to 12 times.
To intensify this pose, hold on to the backs of your thighs and bring both shins parallel to the floor for 10 to 12 breaths.
With your feet, hip-width distance apart, place a pillow on top of your thighs.
Hold the pillow in place while hinging at your hips to bend forward.
When the pillow is against your chest, release your grip and reach for your ankles.
You can bend your knees if need be.
You want to press your belly into the pillow and against your thighs.
Stay in the pose for 45-60 seconds and breathe deeply.
Starting in an all-fours position, ensure your wrists are directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips.
Take a very deep breath in, when you exhale forcefully contract your abdomen and round your back.
Focus on the forceful contractions when you exhale and a gentle release when you inhale.
Hold the shape for 5-7 seconds, then slowly release the contraction as you take a deep inhale and repeat.
This should be done 6-8 times in a row.
While sitting on the floor, get into the crossed-legged position.
Start with side stretches by inhaling and raising the right arm.
Exhale and take the right arm over to the left side.
Bend into a side stretch.
Hold for 5-7 breaths.
Repeat on the other side.
Start by laying down on your stomach with your arms by your side.
Your butt muscles will need to tighten.
On an inhale breath, lift your head, upper torso, arms and legs away from the floor.
Reach through your legs and arms.
Keep big toes turned towards each other.
Exhale and release back to the ground.
Repeat the pose for 5-7 breath counts.