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5 Yoga Poses For Better Digestion

Ira Trivedi

Author and Yoga Teacher

3 min read

The condition of your digestive system not only affects your physical health, your gut is also intrinsically connected to your nervous system and your emotions. These simple yoga poses will help you maintain your digestive health and improve the overall quality of your life.

As the most crucial organ in our body, the gastrointestinal tract is of vital importance. The digestive system not only involves the mouth and oesophagus, but also involves the stomach, the large intestine, and the liver.

Hence, yoga involving the area of the abdomen will help improve digestion, restore intestine functions, strengthen stomach muscles, promote intestinal movement, correct your posture, and relieve heartburn, indigestion, and nausea. It will also enhance immunity, improve your physical fitness, strengthen your mind-body focus, relieve mental stress, sharpen your thinking capacity, and make you beautiful. It may also help to prevent cancer and fight the effects of ageing.

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Here is how to fight indigestion with five yoga poses:

1. Dhanurasana

Dhanurasana (or Bow Pose) is one of the most potent asanas for stimulating digestive fire (Agni), reducing gas, and helping people with constipation. It is very good for your digestion. This asana relaxes the muscles of your intestine by allowing your diaphragm to stretch, which results in better circulation of blood in the abdominal walls.
Hold this asana for 20 – 30 seconds. Repeat it once or twice.

 

2. Matsya Kridasana

2. Matsya Kridasana

The flapping-fish pose is useful for digestion, as it stretches your abdominal muscles and massages your chest cavity. Pulling at the waist helps to reduce abdominal fat, and the stretching of the abdominal muscles aids in digestion and combats constipation.
Perform this asana slowly, not more than twice or thrice.

3. Vajrasana

Vajrasana is a simple and very effective pose for relaxing the digestive system and improving digestion. The posture resembles the shape of a lightning bolt and stimulates the abdominal organs and pelvic floor.

Perform this asana regularly immediately after meals and not more than 2-3 minutes.

 

4. Shashankasana

4. Shashankasana

This asana will improve your stomach and abdominal functions, and will also bring relief from headaches, migraines, and other stress-related ailments. It activates the thoracic and abdominal organs and elevates digestive power. As a result, you can digest heavier and more difficult food.

Practise it 3 to 5 times. Hold one round for about 1 to 2 minutes.

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5. Trikonasana

The digestive system performs better when our bodies are relatively upright. For this reason, one of the best poses for facilitating digestion is Trikonasana or Triangle pose, which helps open our chest and lungs, and relieves gas, abdominal pain, and acid reflux. It aids digestion by balancing the functioning of your intestines.

Hold the pose for about 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat it once or twice for both sides.

 

So post-meal, if you want to wake your senses, come alive, or enjoy a healthier, cleaner digestive system, then these practical yoga positions are for you. You must wait at least half an hour after finishing a meal before doing this pose.

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