Stomach aches can occur for a variety of reasons and appear in different areas based on the level of intensity of your yoga session. It is more likely that what you are doing before you practice yoga is the culprit of your stomach ache rather than the actual yoga poses. Certain poses, such as twists and forward bends, can positively influence the digestive system and release toxins.
Stomach Ache Causes
Bettermedicine.com explains that stomach aches don't always originate in the stomach, but more often begin with the digestive tract. Diet, inflammation and infection often can trigger gas, cramping, and bloating. If your stomach ache occurs with other symptoms, such as indigestion, constipation, diarrhea or nausea, your digestive system likely is to blame.
Eating and Exercise
Your diet frequently is the cause of having an upset stomach. Several diet-related factors can contribute to aches and pains, including eating something new or high in sodium or acidity. Eating too close to the time you exercise also can result in stomach aches or cramps. If you eat a large meal, wait a few hours until you hit your yoga mat. Even if you just eat a small snack, it is wise to wait an hour before you begin to exercise. Water, too much or not enough, after yoga, can also contribute to stomach ache. Take small sips the hour after yoga practice to ensure that your body has had time to recover from your efforts.
Yoga Poses and Digestion
Yogajournal.com says that twisting postures enhance digestion and encourage your liver and kidneys to flush out toxins. Forward bends also promote good digestion and help with elimination. While these poses are typically helpful, the benefits of them may be extreme for your body at the time. Use trial and error in limiting the twists and forward bends in your practice to see if that makes a difference. If so, practice mild versions of the postures and gradually weave more into your practice as time goes on.
Preventing a stomach ache is possible only by determining the cause. Continue with the trial and error method to figure out what is causing pain. Avoid eating too soon before you practice and pay careful attention to the types of foods you are consuming, since a mixture of too many foods can upset your stomach. If you are experiencing other symptoms with your stomach ache, visit your doctor to rule out any digestive issues.