Today’s a very special day – it’s World Digestion Day. It’s also the day after a long, holiday weekend, and more than likely, you’ve feasted with your friends and family and now you’re dealing with a little unwanted bloating. Sound familiar? Luckily, a little yoga can help with that! We specifically selected these beginner yoga poses to help you improve digestion, reduce bloating, and relieve uncomfortable gas so you’re refreshed and energized and ready to get back into a routine.
You don’t have to be a professional to experiment with yoga. Simply get your body slightly warmed up by going on a brisk 5-10 minute walk and/or grab your Pack Health stretch band to stretch out any of your muscles that feel a bit tight, or not completely warm. Once you’re ready, find an open area in your house or yard and get started!
01 Child’s Pose
Let’s begin with child’s pose. At some point, if you’ve ever had digestion issues, you’ve probably tried child’s pose – it’s pretty much the go-to for dealing with stomach issues. So, let’s start here. Sit on your knees and lean forward, stretching your arms in front of you. Slowly try and place your forehead on the ground, in between your outstretched arms. If your forehead doesn’t comfortably rest on the ground, try resting it on a yoga block or pillow. Take 5-10 breaths.
02 Reclined Pose
Simply lay on your back and bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor. Allow the tension to melt away. This gives you a chance to breathe deep, cleansing breaths and relax your muscles. Stay here for 5-10 breaths.
03 Knees to Chest (Apanasana Pose)
Knees to Chest is also known as the wind-relieving pose’. Stay on your back, after you complete the reclined pose and slowly bring your knees to your chest and hug them there for 5-10 slow breaths. This will help relieve pain from excess bloating and gas.
04 Spinal Twist
Take another breath, and as you exhale, drop your knees to the right side of your body. Turn your head and stretch your arm out to the left side. Remain here for 5-10 cleansing breaths, then switch sides and repeat. This pose will help soothe abdominal discomfort.
Now that you’re feeling relieved and recharged, get back to visiting with friends and family! You won’t want to miss out on those memories!
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