5 Yoga Poses to Improve Digestion
What people know is yoga majorly calms the mind, relives stress and reduces back pain, but yoga not only relaxes the body, it also helps improving digestion. Cramping and indigestion are the common problems that we experience time to time and to be honest, it is absolutely not entertaining.
Note – It is advised not to perform yoga just after having a meal.
1. Boat Pose
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Boat pose or Naukasana stimulates the digestion by improving the secretion of juices in the body. It also strengthens the abdominal muscles. To begin with the boat pose, simply lie on your back on a flat surface. Lie in a way that both your feet and arms are off the ground stretching the arms and feet. Deep breathily while maintaining the pose. Exhale and come back in the position.
2. Seated Forward Bend Pose
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Seated Forward Bend Pose is considered as the best yoga asana to improve digestion. The pose, when practiced regularly, helps to relieve constipation and also reduces abdominal fat. To start with the Paschimottanasana, sit on the floor with legs stretched outwards. Raise both arms and stretch up as much as you can. Slowly bend forward and try to touch your toes without bending the knees. Initially, you will find it difficult, practice and you will become master. Inhale and bend your head forward, stretch the arms. Breathe out and come back in the position.
3. Triangle Pose
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Triangle pose or Trikonasana alleviates constipation and activates the kidney. Moreover, it also reduces back pain and increases physical equilibrium. To start with the pose, stand straight on the flat surface with your feet comfortably apart. Turn one of your foot to 90 degrees and another by 15 degrees. Just make sure that your feet are firmly pressing the ground and the weight is balanced by the body. Inhale and bend to the side of the body (with a foot at 90 degrees) allowing your hand to come up in the air, and other facing downwards in a line. Make a pose like your body is bending sideways, stretch maximum and take deep breaths. Repeat the same on the other side for better results.
4. Camel Pose
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Camel Pose or Ustrasana relives constipation, stretches the intestine and abdomen. To start with the pose, kneel down on the flat surface while placing your hands on the hips. Make sure that your shoulders should line up with the knees, and the feet should face towards the ceiling. As you inhale, pull your one hand up and take it to the back from over your head, do same with another hand reaching them to the sole of your feet. Be in the pose for a minute. Breathe out and come back to normal.
5. Cobra Pose
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Cobra pose stimulates the lungs and boosts your immune system. This asana when performed daily improves breathing and helps to eliminate constipation, thus, it makes an easy digestion. To start with the cobra or Bhujangasana, lie with your belly on the floor, stretch your legs back. Spread your hands on the floor. Inhale and pull your body up in a way that your hands look like they are pushing the floor. Maintain the pose at a height which is bearable by your body. Keep your spine erect, look up towards the ceiling. Stay in the pose for nearly 30 seconds, exhale and come back in the position.