Let's face it, gas is a natural part of being human. But excessive gas can be uncomfortable and downright embarrassing. Luckily, the ancient practice of yoga has you covered. Specific yoga poses compress and massage the digestive tract, helping release trapped gas and reduce bloating. Although an attack of gas might make you want to curl up on the couch, getting on your yoga mat instead will help you feel better quickly.
The name says it all. This pose was designed specifically to release trapped gas from the digestive system. Its power comes from compressing the digestive tract.
How to do it: Lie on your back with your legs extended. Bend your right knee and wrap your hands around your shin just below the kneecap. Pull the knee into your chest toward your right shoulder, keeping your elbows close to your sides and your shoulder blades on the floor. Take several deep belly breaths, then release and switch sides. Finally, pull both knees into your chest and wrap your arms around your shins. Take several deep belly breaths.
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In this pose, torso rotation combined with deep belly breathing compresses and massages the intestines for gas relief.
How to do it: Lie on your back with your legs extended and your arms out to a T. Bend your right knee and bring it up toward your chest. Keeping both shoulder blades on the ground, let your knee drop over toward your left side. Turn your head to the right. Take several deep belly breaths. Release and switch sides.
This pose's name couldn't be more fitting. When you get rid of the gas that's making you feel bloated and icky, you'll feel happy, baby.
How to do it: Lie on your back. Hug both knees into your chest and flatten your entire back into the floor. Release your shins so that the soles of your feet are facing the ceiling. Your feet should be positioned directly over your knees. Grab the outsides of your feet and relax your shoulder blades into the ground. Take several deep belly breaths.
If constipation is at the root of your gas problem, this pose will help get things moving.
How to do it: Get onto all fours with your shoulders directly over your wrists and your hips over your knees. On an inhale, drop your belly down toward the ground and raise your hips and shoulders, staying broad across your chest. On an exhale, reverse the position, rounding your spine like a cat and dropping your tailbone and head. Continue to alternate back and forth for six to 10 repetitions, taking deep breaths from the belly.