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Published 10:11 IST, May 29th 2024

Having Digestive Issues? These Yoga Poses Might Give You Relief

With regular practice, these yoga poses can provide natural relief and contribute to a healthier digestive system.

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Digestive issues can significantly impact your quality of life, causing discomfort, bloating, and irregularity. While there are various treatments available, incorporating yoga into your daily routine can be a natural and effective way to alleviate digestive problems. Yoga not only helps in promoting relaxation and reducing stress, which are often linked to digestive issues, but also stimulates the digestive organs, enhancing their function. Here are some yoga poses that might give you relief from digestive issues.

Seated forward bend

This pose stretches the entire back of the body, massages the internal organs, and stimulates the digestive system. Sit on the floor with your legs extended straight in front of you. Inhale deeply and lengthen your spine. As you exhale, bend forward from your hips, reaching for your feet or shins. Hold the position for 30 seconds to 1 minute, breathing deeply. This pose helps in relieving constipation and promotes overall digestive health.

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Wind-relieving pose

As the name suggests, this pose helps in releasing trapped gas and easing bloating. Lie on your back with your legs extended. Bring your right knee towards your chest, holding it with both hands. Press your thigh against your abdomen. Hold for 20-30 seconds, then switch to the left leg. Repeat the pose with both legs together. Practicing this pose regularly can improve digestion and reduce discomfort from gas.

Cat-cow pose

This dynamic pose massages the abdominal organs and promotes better digestion. Start on your hands and knees in a tabletop position. Inhale, arching your back (Cow Pose) and lifting your head and tailbone. Exhale, rounding your spine (Cat Pose) and tucking your chin to your chest. Continue alternating between these poses for 1-2 minutes. This gentle flow stimulates the digestive tract and improves blood flow to the abdominal area.

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Child’s pose

Child’s Pose helps in reducing stress and tension, which can negatively impact digestion. Kneel on the floor with your big toes touching and knees apart. Sit back on your heels and extend your arms forward, lowering your torso between your thighs. Rest your forehead on the ground and breathe deeply. Hold for 1-3 minutes. This restorative pose helps calm the mind and body, aiding in better digestive function.

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Triangle pose

Triangle Pose stretches the abdominal muscles and stimulates the digestive organs. Stand with your feet wide apart. Turn your right foot out and your left foot slightly in. Extend your arms out to the sides and reach forward with your right hand. Lower your right hand to your shin or ankle and lift your left arm towards the ceiling. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch sides. This pose enhances digestion by improving the blood flow to the abdominal organs.

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10:11 IST, May 29th 2024