Stuffed? 3 Yoga Poses To Help Digest Your Christmas Dinner Feast
We all experience indigestion, bloating, cramping or constipation from time to time. But over indulging with rich foods and fizzy drinks during Christmas and the New Year can leave you feeling particularly uncomfortable. Thankfully, there are some easy yoga asanas (positions) that can encourage good digestion. Don’t practice them straight after a meal, obviously. But if you’re still feeling uncomfortable after a couple of hours, here are three easy ways to give your digestive organs a little stretch and some TLC.
This pose helps to massage the internal digestive organs to reduce bloating and indigestion. The dynamic movement between Cat and Cow stretches out the entire spine, hips, lower back, lungs and chest.
Begin in a table top position with your hands in line with your shoulders and your knees in line with your hips. Spread your fingers and rest your toes flat on the mat or carpet. Look down at the floor, then inhale and gradually rotate your head upwards as you tilt your tailbone towards the ceiling, curving the spine in a c-shape.
Exhale and press your palms into the mat, pushing through your shoulders and rounding your spine in the opposite direction as you gradually return to face the mat. Focus on synchronising your breath to each movement. Inhale and repeat the asana for one to two minutes.
Seated forward fold
As well as being a brilliant pose for stretching and lengthening the back, this asana is a great digestive aid if you add a simple prop. So, grab yourself a cushion or pillow and get ready to stretch.
Start by sitting on the mat with your legs stretched out in front of your, feet together and toes pointing upwards. Place the cushion or pillow on your thighs. Allow your belly to rest on it as you fold forward, reaching as far as you can to try and clasp your feet. The pillow will create the space you need for a digestive massage. With every deep inhale it will press on your belly causing your digestive organs to compress. When you exhale, the compression will be released, and new blood and nutrients will flow to the area to reinvigorate your digestion. Repeat as many times as you feel comfortable with.
Wind relieving posture
If you’re struggling with trapped wind or sluggish digestion, this is the pose for you. Lie flat on your back with your arms by your side. Exhale as you slowly draw up your right knee, pulling it into your chest with your left arm. Inhale as you allow your leg and arm to slowly return to the mat. Repeat on the other side, alternating this pose and making sure you synchronise it with your breath. We recommend you repeat it for ten breaths. Oh, and yoga experts also recommend practicing this pose before you go to bed. So even if you’ve not over indulged, it can still help you get a great night’s sleep – just like Benenox!
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