Yoga for Digestion Part 3: Frog Pose (Mandukasana)
This is part 3 of my Yoga For Digestion Series, to help you know what you can do at home to improve digestion issues, ibs using easy yoga poses. Yoga is just one of many Mindbody techniques that work wonders for restoring normal digestion. Even more powerful are things like clinical hypnotherapy for functional digestion problems, ibs, even IBD! But yoga also has so many other wonderful benefits and even if you tummy is working perfectly, these are still great poses to tone your body and keep things running smoothly! If you haven’t seen Parts 1 and 2 of this series, go watch them too so you can make your own mini-yoga series out of this whole series!:)
This yoga pose is excellent for functional digestive disorders relieving gas/excess wind and bloating and constipation. It provides a ‘self-massage’ to your colon and helps stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system to move food through the digestive tract and help with sluggish digestion.
In Ayurveda, if the digestive fire is weakened due to chronic stress (both physical and mental stress), overeating or wrong eating habits for your body constitution, then indigestion, IBS, GERD and other digestive system disorders start to manifest in the body. To ‘feed the digestive fire’ doing dynamic exercise as well as specific exercises to stimulate the digestion can be helpful in restoring harmony to your digestive system and getting rid of these problems.
Modern “Proof” for Why Yoga Helps IBS & Digestion
Recently, modern science is starting to ‘catch up’ with the ancient knowledge of yoga and Ayurveda and is proving through medical research studies the central role of stress and inflammation in IBS and other digestive disorders and the benefits of Mindbody practices like specialized hypnotherapy and yoga in restoring digestive health. These practices we now know, work by influencing something scientists call the brain-gut-immune axis, that links our brains, our nervous system in the gut and our entire immune system that all influence each other and affect digestion.
This is a great beginner pose and can be held for 3-5 minutes, as long as there is no pain in the knees. Do this in the morning and in the evening for a few minutes at home, in front of the TV, or beside the bed for max benefits for digestion. Because this pose is also a forward bend posture, it’s also a great pose for relaxing your mind, and a great way to end or start (or both!) your day!