Yoga for better digestion
‘Bad digestion is that the root of all evil,’ says Hippocrates. Our ancient texts concur. In keeping with Ayurveda, the basis reason behind all disorders lies in poor digestion. That’s why yoga it’s imperative that our digestive fire remain strong. In order that the food that we eat is efficiently metabolized. Otherwise, irrespective of how healthy our food choices could also be, our body will find it difficult to assimilate and absorb the nutrients present in what we eat.
Understanding the digestive process
Think of the gastrointestinal system as a juicer, ‘agni’ as juicer blades, body toxins as fruit waste, and energy as juice!
If the juicer blades are weak, there’s less juice and more fruit waste. So, if the ‘agni’ is weak, the systema digestorium produces less energy (juice). This ends up in more toxins (fruit waste) getting accumulated within the cells. Thus, a robust agni is required for an honest gastrointestinal system. With its rejuvenating powers, yoga can make your agni strong and help improve your digestion!
How can yoga asanas improve digestion?
The digestive fire or agni is stimulated. This increases the appetite and balances the metabolism.
Asanas stretch the body, massaging the abdominal muscles.So This causes food to maneuver efficiently along the channel.
Bowel movement is regulated and constipation relieved. Circulation of blood to the digestive organs increases, thus aiding digestion. Yoga asanas keep the mind active and happy. you’re more likely to eat a diet and this eases digestion. Regular practice of yoga discourages fatty deposits.
The body is effectively detoxed. Toxins accumulated from a nasty diet, unhealthy lifestyles and waste are easily flushed out.
Paschimottasana or forward-looking asana helps relieve gas and constipation. It also reduces belly fat and gently massages the limbs. Read Again – Avoid These Common Mistakes When Trying To Lose Weight.
How to do it: Start by sitting down and stretching your legs in front of you with your hands at your side. Make sure your spine is straight. Now, take a deep breath and raise your arms straight to your chest. Stretch your back and bend forward from your waist. Try to hold your toes and keep your chin on your thighs. Hold this position for about a minute and then return to the starting position.
Balasana or baby posture relieves stress and lowers your mind. So Yoga pose is also helpful for your thighs, hips and lymphatic system.
How to do it: Start by coming to all four. Now, sit on your heels and bend forward. Try to touch your chest on your thighs. Stretch your arms straight forward. Hold this position for about three minutes and return to normal.
Pavanamuktasana or air-circulating removes gas and stomach ailments. It yoga will improve your digestion and expel gas from your stomach. It also tightens the muscles in your abdomen.
How to do it: Start with lying on your back with your legs straight and your hands on your side. Take a deep breath and lift your legs. Now, bend your knees and bring them to your chest. Tie your arm to your knees and hug them to keep them close to your chest. Try to touch your knees with your nose. Hold this position for about 30 seconds and return to the starting position.
Trikonasana or triangle improves digestion, stimulates appetite and eliminates constipation. It also benefits your kidneys and other organs.
How to do it: Stand upright with your legs spread out and your hands on your side. Now, turn your right foot to the right and bend your body to the right. Touch your right hand to your right foot. Keep your left arm stretched out towards the ceiling. Go back to the first place and do the same on the other side.
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