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Yoga Positions to Promote Bowel Movements

author image Sarka-Jonae Miller
Sarka-Jonae Miller has been a freelance writer and editor since 2003. She was a personal trainer for four years with certifications from AFAA and NASM. Miller also worked at 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness and as a mobile trainer. Her career in the fitness industry begin in 2000 as a martial arts, yoga and group exercise instructor. She graduated cum laude from Syracuse University.
Yoga Positions to Promote Bowel Movements
Yoga can assist you in maintaining healthy bowel movements. Photo Credit Denis Raev/iStock/Getty Images

Constipation prohibits healthy and regular bowel movements. It can also make you experience discomfort during bowel movements. Yoga poses can treat constipation and indigestion as well as stimulate the internal organs for easier digestion. For healthy digestion, try yoga positions or asanas that involve twisting and lengthening of the abdomen.

Upward Crescent Moon Pose

Yoga Positions to Promote Bowel Movements
Upward crescent moon pose. Photo Credit Antonio_Diaz/iStock/Getty Images

The Upward Crescent Moon pose is one of the yoga positions recommended by author and certified yoga teacher Mark Giubarelli for constipation and indigestion. This is a backbend pose that lengthens the abdomen. Focusing on the stomach through different positions increases blood flow. To perform the Upward Crescent Moon pose, stand up straight with your feet together. Extend your arms above your head and touch your palms together with the fingertips pointing toward the ceiling. Step your right foot forward and with both legs straight, arch your back and lean backward. Keep the arms in line with the ears. Repeat on the other side.

Revolving Seated Pose

Yoga Positions to Promote Bowel Movements
Revolved seat pose. Photo Credit Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images

The Revolving Seated pose is a twisting yoga position that relieves constipation and indigestion. It also increases spinal flexibility and stretches the knees and shoulders. To perform the Revolving Seated pose, sit on the floor with your knees bent. Position your legs so that your right knee rests in front of you with the outside of the leg on the floor. Put the inside of your left knee on the floor with your calf pointing behind you and the sole of your right foot in front of your left knee. Then, twist to the right and use your left arm on the outside of your right knee to help you twist. Your right arm rests on the floor behind you. Repeat in the other direction.

Bow Pose

Yoga Positions to Promote Bowel Movements
Bow pose. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Bow pose relieves constipation and stimulates the abdominal organs. It also improves posture, reduces fatigue and strengthens the back muscles. To perform Bow pose, lie on your abdomen with your knees bent off the floor. Raise your head and chest toward the ceiling by arching your back. Grab your ankles and lift your thighs toward the ceiling.

Locust Pose

Yoga Positions to Promote Bowel Movements
Begin Locust pose in Cobra pose. Photo Credit Denis Raev/iStock/Getty Images

Practicing Locust pose has a positive impact on constipation, indigestion and flatulence, according to "Yoga Journal." It also stretches the abdomen, shoulders, chest and thighs while stimulating the abdominal organs. To perform Locust pose, lie on your abdomen with your arms at your sides. Turn your palms to face the ceiling and hold your legs straight with the tops of your feet on the floor. Next, lift your legs toward the ceiling while also raising your upper body. Pinch your shoulder blades together and keep the neck in line with the spine.

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