Are you unable to concentrate at work because of strange rumblings in your stomach? Do you constantly have the feeling like your stomach is being inflated by an air pump? Gut problems, such as constipation, diarrhea, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are extremely widespread in the United States. These types of irritations don’t really have a long-term medicinal cure: as long as you keep taking the medicine, you’ll be alright.
But there are other ways around them. Yoga is the natural medicine you need for good gut health. With some basic poses, you can experience a sense of comfort in your body for the entire day.
1. Revolved Crescent Lunge
This pose involves putting pressure on your gut, helping it release toxins and cleanse your system by easing problems like indigestion, bloating and constipation.
How to do it: start off in a high crescent lunge with one leg in front bent at a 90-degree angle and the back leg stretched out. Bring your hands towards your heart in prayer form. Place the elbow on the opposite side of the front leg, on the knee of the front leg and extend your face and your other arm straight up. Form a 180-degree line from elbow to elbow. Make sure you don’t move your lower body: all twisting is involved from the torso and up.
2. Camel Pose
Ideal for constipation relief, this pose involves stretching the stomach and releasing tension.
How to do it: sit up on your legs with your feet flat on the ground, bottom facing up. If you’re a novice, you can curl your toes for some lift. Sit up tall, and starting with the right hand, take it all the way back and hold the sole of your foot. Repeat this with the other hand and lift and stretch out your stomach. If it starts hurting too much, stop and slowly revert to your original position.
3. Wind Relieving Pose
If you’ve done yoga before, this pose might already be a favorite. It not only provides back relief after crunches, it also helps to release tension from the body.
How to do it: lie down flat on your back and fold your knees into your stomach. Hug your knees in and gently rock back and forth. It’s that simple!
4. Dead Pose
This one is something that you’ve probably already done before without even knowing it. Maybe you were feeling overwhelmed and decided to just lie down flat. This pose allows your body to distress and causes the blood to flow throughout the system, making it a good way to relieve indigestion.
How to do it: just lie down flat on your back with your arms and legs wide apart. Keep your body very loose and close your eyes. Inhale and exhale deeply, releasing more tension from your body with each exhale.
Yoga can do wonders for your gut. With these simple poses, you will find your mind and your body feeling relaxed the entire day.