10 Yoga Poses That Can Help With Digestion



some ecards saying that laughter is the best medicineIsn’t this picture worth a thousand words? No medicines really work quickly and effectively when we have an upset stomach.Many of us depend on household remedies as well, which are usually very moody when it comes to gracing us with their goodness.What can we do in such a case?

The best possible solution that I feel one should go in for is to act before the little guy in there gets upset. Invest wisely so that your digestive system remains healthy for life and spare yourself the discomfort.

Sharing with you, here are  10 tried and tested Yoga Poses for a healthy digestion

1. Knees-to-Chest Pose

yoga-knees-chest-poseSanskrit Name: Apanasana

Steps: Lie down on the floor and breathe deeply. Exhale on a count of 2 and hug your knees to your chest by holding your knees with your hands. Keep both the legs together. You can rock the knees from side to side to maximize the stretch. Hold the pose for 5 breaths and repeat.

Associated Benefits: This pose keeps the lower back limber and calms the mind.

2. Bridge Pose

bridge poseSanskrit Name: Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

Steps: Lie down on the floor in supine position with your hands to the side. As you exhale, press your palms against the floor. Move up your hips and raise your body to form a bridge shape. Stay in the pose for half a minute and release.

Associated Benefits: This pose stretches the chest and brings relief to tired legs.

3. Seated Forward Bend Pose

Sanskrit Name: Paschimottanasana

Steps: Sit on the floor with legs stretched out in front of you. Bend forward from the hips, keeping your back straight. Lower your torso fully and keep your hands straight along your body, to the sides. Stay in the pose for 5 deep breaths and repeat.

Associated Benefits: This pose increases appetite and soothes headaches.

4. Child’s Pose

wide child poseSanskrit Name: Balasana

Steps: Sit on the floor on your knees and feet, keeping the legs well apart. Lean forward and stretch out both arms in front of you. Make sure to keep your back straight and touch your forehead to the floor. Stay in the pose for 5 breaths and repeat.

Associated Benefits: This pose stretches the spine and hips and normalizes circulation throughout the body.

5. Downward Facing Dog Pose

Downward facing dog poseSanskrit Name: Adho Mukha Svanasana

Steps:  Stand in Mountain Pose with your feet at least hip width apart. Keep your back straight and lean forward, pressing palms onto the floor. Work your feet to the rear end of the mat so that you form the pushup position. Lift up your hips and form an inverted V shape with your body, looking down. Stay in the pose for 5 breaths and repeat.

Associated Benefits: This pose deepens respiration and elongates shoulder blade area.

6. Standing Forward Bend Pose

standing-forward-bendSanskrit Name: Uttanasana

Steps: Stand in the Mountain Pose with feet close together. Lean forward and bend from your hips. Rest your palms to the floor next to your feet. Look down. Stay in the pose for 15 secs and repeat.

Associated Benefits: This pose eases symptoms of asthma and keeps the spine strong.

7. Cobra Pose

cobra poseSanskrit Name: Bhujangasana

Steps: Lie on the floor in prone position. Touch your forehead to the floor and your feet flat on the ground. Place your hands next to your shoulders and with palms facing down. Keep your elbows as close to your body as possible. Exhale on a count of 2 and lift your upper body gradually, pressing your palms against the floor.

Associated Benefits: This pose elevates the mood and decreases stiffness of the lower back.

8. Cat-Cow Pose

yoga cat cowSanskrit Name: Marjariasana and Bitilasana

Steps: Get on all your fours and inhale. Keep your back flat. Exhale on a count of 3 and drop your head down. Round your spine, look down and get into the cat pose. Inhale on a count of 3, arch your back lifting up your buttocks and hips, look in front and get into the cow pose. Repeat the poses several times in a cycle for five minutes.

Associated Benefits: This pose improves posture and creates emotional balance.

9. Camel Posecamel poseSanskrit Name:Ushtrasana

Steps: Kneel on the ground and place your hands on hips. Bend backwards deeply and place your hands on your heels and rest your body weight on heels. Elongate your neck muscles and bend your head backwards as much as comfortably possible. From your ankles, slide your hands to the soles of the feet. Stay in the pose for 5 breaths and repeat.

Associated Benefits: This pose stretches the entire front of the body and strengthens the back muscles.

10. Thunderbolt Pose

Thunderbolt-PoseSanskrit Name: Vajrasana

Steps: Sit on the floor with bent knees and on your heels. Let your calves be beneath your thighs. Sit erect and make sure the big toes of both the feet touch each other. Maintain a four finger gap between the folded knees. Stay in the pose for as long as comfortable (even after meals).

Associated Benefits: This pose strengthens leg muscles and back muscles.


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