Indigestion is one of the most common causes of stomach aches. In these instances, certain yoga poses can ease the pain by helping to increase the absorption of food and improve gastrointestinal circulation. Regular yoga practice also help alleviate stress, another common trigger for stomach discomfort.
Half Moon Pose
According to YogaJournal.com, the half moon pose possesses symbolic significance in yoga mythology, where the moon represents one of the polar energies of the human body.
Lean to your right side with your left hand on your left hip. Inhale, bend your right knee, and slide your left foot 6 to 12 inches along the floor. Exhale, press your right hand and heel firmly into the floor, and extend your left leg into the air, keeping the right leg straight.
Rotate your torso left and your left hip forward, bearing your body weight on the balancing leg. Lift the inner ankle and draw energy into the working groin. Stretch your lower back and press your scapulas against it, while lifting the working leg toward your lower back.
Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute, lower the raised leg, exhale and switch sides.
Revolved Triangle Pose
The revolved triangle pose stretches and twists your core. Exhale and spread your feet about 4 feet apart. Raise your arms so they are parallel with the floor, and reach them out to the sides, with your shoulders blades spread, and palms facing down. Turn your left foot inward 45 to 60 degrees, your right foot 90 degrees, and align the two. Firm your thighs and turn the right thigh outward.
While exhaling, turn your torso to the right, lean over your front leg, and reach your left hand down to the floor. Drop your left hip toward the floor.
Hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute, exhale, release the twist, bring your torso back upright while inhaling, and twist to the left with the legs reversed.
The camel pose stretches your abdominal region. Kneel, with your thighs perpendicular to the floor. Slowly rotate your thighs inward and tighten your buttocks. Rest your hands on the back of your pelvis, with your palms on top of the buttocks and fingers pointed down.
Keep your chin pointed to your chest, with your spine straight. Relax the ribs and lift the pelvis toward the ribs. Then, lengthen the lower ribs away from the pelvis. Turn your arms outward, without squeezing your shoulder blades together, and keep your head in a neutral or slightly extended position.
Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then inhale and lift your torso by pushing your hip joints down and bringing your hands onto the front of your pelvis. If your head is tilted back, lead with your chest and come up.