Effective Yoga Steps for Better Digestion

I am a Yogi, who just finished her teacher training program in Nepal. Last night, I was going looking through my medicine cabinet and found old digestion pills and antacids. As a part of my journey to learn and unlearn Yoga skills, I recall important points I learnt during my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh. After suffering from digestive issues and skin issues for about 6 years, Yoga has changed my life. So, if you are fed up of consuming pills, Psyllium husks and chugging down liters of water for the poop to move out, here are few Yogic poses that can add life to your health regimen.

Here are 5 poses that improves your Digestion in ways, you have never imagined:

1. Pavana Muktasana

This Asana stimulates digestion, relives gastritis and enables proper blood flow.

How to Perform:

  1. Sit with your legs straight, back straight, and body relaxed.
  2. Bring clasped fingers under the right knee and raise the right leg a little bit off the floor.
  3. Exhale deeply and bring your nose towards the raised knee and try to touch with your nose.
  4. Inhale deeply and bring back the right leg back to the original position but do not touch the ground. You should feel a stretch in the stomach.
  5. Repeat 5-10 times with both legs.

2. Sarva Hita Asana

This Asana encourages a free-flow of the digestive juices and massages the internal organs.

How to Perform:

  1. Straighten your legs and stretch the arms towards the front while clasping the fingers.
  2. Inhale deeply and raise your legs while leaning the upper body slightly backwards.
  3. Balance on your buttocks in a way that the body looks like a boat.
  4. Keep breathing normally, while rocking the body 10 times to the left and right.
  5. Go back to the original position.

3. Meru Prishthasana

Highly beneficial for blood pressure levels, this asana stimulates your digestive capabilities.

How to Perform:

  1. Stand with your legs slightly at a distance from each other and gradually inhale deeply.
  2. Raise your arms sideways and place your fingertips on shoulders and now while exhaling strongly, twist or rotate the upper body towards the left.
  3. Now Inhale deeply and come back to the centre. Make sure that you do not rotate the legs and pelvis.
  4. Repeat the movement atleast 10 times.
  5. Post 10th twist, exhale deeply and bend the upper body down to your hip level, while keeping your back straight.
  6. Move the body to the front, while inhaling standing upright.
  7. Now exhale and return to starting position.
  8. Repeat on the other side.

4. Santulanasana

This asana regulates the Central Nervous System, thereby activating the digestive powers.

How to Perform:

  1. Sit comfortably with your legs straight and then slowly as you bend them with soles of the feet resting on the floor, clasp fingers behind the head and press the elbows to the back.
  2. Keep your back straight and while inhaling deeply, tilt the upper body slightly back.
  3. Keep your legs straight and lift them until your upper body and the legs form a 90 degrees or right angle.
  4. Hold the breath and remain in this position.
  5. Slowly exhaling, return to the starting position.

5. Bhujangasana

OG of Asanas for Digestion issues, Bhujangasana activates the Svadhishthana Chakra.

How to Perform:

  1. Lie flat on the floor on your abdomen.
  2. Slowly extend the arms in front and keep your palms together.
  3. Make sure that the feet rest flat on the floor and chin on the floor. Keep every move as gentle as possible.
  4. Slowly inhale and raise the upper body and arms as high as you can take and look up.
  5. Keep your legs on the floor and while holding the breath hold this position for a short time.
  6. Now exhale and return to the starting position.
  7. Repeat 3 times and in 3rd repetition hold this position and breathe normally.

Relax your whole body by concluding with Savasana.

Effective Yoga Steps for Better Digestion