Yoga is an ancient discipline first developed in India over 5,000 years ago. Ancient yogis called the body’s digestive force agni. Agni controls metabolism, facilitates the elimination of toxins from the body, and manages waste processes. Ayurvedic medicine, the seat of ancient Indian healing practice, emphasizes the importance of a healthy digestive system. The Ayurveda believes that poor digestion is the root cause of many of the body’s ailments. Yoga has accordingly been trusted for hundreds of centuries as a revitalizing force for the digestive system.
Fast forward to today’s world, where Americans spend over $725 million on laxatives alone each year, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. However, many digestive medicines cause dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, or even liver damage or kidney failure. For an all-natural digestive aid that detoxes your body without the side effects, try the herbal goodness of Liver-Chol Plus. Another sustainable alternative to harsh chemical medicines is a routine yoga practice.
There are three main types of asanas (poses) that act directly on the gastrointestinal system:
- Twisting asanas help to stimulate movement in the abdominal organs, which enables more efficient waste processes and relieves constipation.
- Stretching asanas relieve tension in the abdominal muscles and organs, moving food effectively through the digestive tract.
- Compressing asanas strengthen the abdominal muscles and sometimes apply gentle pressure to the gut to stimulate its function.
Each of these asana categories increases the flow of blood and oxygen through the digestive system. Yoga stimulates the metabolism, activating healthy digestive processes in organs and tissues. Regular practice of yoga stabilizes blood pressure and discourages fatty deposits from forming on organs. Some poses directly relieve symptoms of intestinal cramping or constipation.
Almost 70% of the body’s immune system is in the digestive tract. Immunity has a close relationship not only with digestive health, but with stress levels as well. Yoga poses that stimulate healthy processes in the digestive system also relieve stress through deep breathing and relaxation. This stress relief works in tandem with yoga’s digestive benefits to boost overall immunity.
Practicing a yoga routine before bed each night can cultivate a healthy routine of mindfulness and conscientiousness. Deep, focused breathing and a calmed mental state can help you be in tune with your body. Over time, this mindfulness can spill over into other areas of your life, like sleep practices and careful eating.
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Try these poses to facilitate good digestion:
For improved digestion and elimination processes, try Eagle Pose. This pose engages nearly every joint in the body, improves balance, and facilitates good circulation.
Twisting poses help stimulate movement in the abdominal organs, which facilitates more efficient digestion processes. Twists promote movement in the body, particularly in the large intestine, small intestine and stomach. If you’re experiencing constipation, gas or cramps, try getting your twist on.
This pose embodies openness. Camel Pose opens the chest and the expands the abdominal region, thereby improving respiration, digestion and elimination. Enjoy relief from lower back pain and even constipation.
One-Legged King Pigeon
This pose puffs out the chest (like a pigeon), improving respiration and stimulating the abdominal organs. This pose can feel like a full-body stretch, as it engages the thighs, groin, abdomen, chest, shoulders and neck.
This pose soothes the parasympathetic nervous system, relieving stress that can otherwise inhibit normal organ function. Shoulder stands alter the gravitational pull on the body, affecting the abdominal organs and promoting movement in the bowels. Whether you suffer from constipation or insomnia, shoulder stands will benefit your yoga routine.
This pose opens your external hips and works the muscles of your calves, glutes, thighs and core. This pose engages the pelvic floor, reducing abdominal pain and discomfort. Include this pose in your daily routine and harness your inner goddess energy.
Enjoy! Find more health-supporting yoga in our piece on yoga poses for healthy sleep here.