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Exercises to Reduce Stomach Gas

author image Sava Tang Alcantara
Sava Tang Alcantara has been a writer and editor since 1988, working as a writer and editor for health publications such as "Let's Live Magazine" and "Whole Life Times." Alcantara specializes in health and fitness and is a certified yoga teacher and personal trainer. She does volunteer work regularly and has taught free public yoga classes in Santa Monica, Calif. since 2002.
Exercises to Reduce Stomach Gas
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Stomach gas can be the result of eating on the run, poor food combinations or eating foods that are sulfurous, such as onions or eggs. There are several easy yoga poses that can be done to help reduce stomach gas. Observe which foods tend to give you gas and find ways to prepare them so they are less gas-producing, or eat less of them.

Eka Pada Apanasana

Classical yoga poses were designed to have specific physical effects. Use Eka Pada Apanasana to reduce stomach gas.

Lie on your back, keeping the left leg straight on the floor; hug the right knee in toward your chest, bending the knees and placing your hands on the shin. Flex both heels and draw the tailbone down. Keep the back of the head and shoulders on the floor. Repeat for the other side of the body, beginning with your right leg straight on the floor.
This creates gentle pressure on the stomach to reduce gas and flatulence.

Child's Pose, Balasana

Child’s Pose, or Balasana, has a similar affect on the body as the Eka Pada Apanasana pose and will feel more comfortable if you wait several hours after eating to do this exerise. Get down on your hands and knees on a mat or thick towel and flatten the tops of the feet onto the mat and sit your hips on top of your heels, lowering your forehead to the floor and placing the backs of the hands onto the floor, with your feet at your sides.
If your forehead cannot reach the floor, place a small pillow below it. If your hips don’t reach your heels, roll up a blanket or towel and place it behind the knees. Remain in Child’s Pose for several breaths.

Marichyasana III, Seated Twist

A variation of Marichayasana or a simple seated twist can also reduce stomach gas. Sit on your hips with legs extended straight. Set your right foot flat so the knee is bent and stacked over the heel. Place your right hand behind you, placing your fingertips on the floor. Lengthen your body from the feet through the crown of the head to extend the spine. Bring your left arm over the right thigh, bending it at the elbow as you gently turn the chest to the right. Remain for several breaths before repeating to the left.

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