Intestinal issues can be caused by a variety of factors. Stress, too much rich or spicy food, eating too quickly or eating unhealthy foods can all result in bloating, trapped wind, indigestion and/or general abdominal discomfort. Various yoga postures may help relieve the symptoms of intestinal issues. If your discomfort does not respond to these yoga postures, check with your doctor to ensure there is no underlying medical reason for your symptoms.
Child pose gently massages your inner organs, which may help relieve trapped wind and reduce bloating. Kneel on the floor with your knees together and your feet slightly apart. Sit back, so your hamstrings are resting on your calves. Lean forward, place your forehead on the floor and rest your chest on your thighs. Place your arms on the floor next to your legs. Exhale and relax, allowing gravity to press your abdomen down onto your thighs. Maintain this position for six to 10 deep nasal breaths. On completion, slowly sit up.
Seated Forward Bend
The seated forward bend gently massages your abdominal organs and encourages increased blood flow throughout your internal organs. Sit with your legs extended, torso upright and arms extended above your head. Exhale and lean forward from the hips. Allow gravity to fold your body in half. Place your hands on your legs, under your knees or around your feet. Look forward and beyond your upturned toes. Hold this position for six to 10 deep nasal breaths before slowly sitting back up.
Reclined Spinal Twist
The reclined spinal twist twists your internal organs just like wringing a wet towel. This helps remove toxins and encourages fresh blood to increase the health of your intestines. Lie on your back with your left leg straight and your right leg bent so your foot is next to your knee. Reach across your body with your left arm and grasp your right knee. Place your right arm on the floor at shoulder level. Twist your lower body to the left and turn your head to the right. Try to keep your shoulders flat on the floor. Hold this position for six to 10 slow nasal breaths and then unwind your spine. Change legs and arms and repeat by twisting in the opposite direction.
Happy baby pose relieves trapped wind, which is a major cause of intestinal discomfort. Lie on your back with legs bent and knees apart. Reach up and grasp the inside ankles. Keep your head and shoulders on the floor and gently pull your knees toward the outside of your ribs. Bend your arms to increase the depth of this stretch. Hold for six to 10 breaths and release.
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