In this video I’m going to tell you the best yoga poses for digestion, give you a five minute series you can do anytime to help digestion and also tell you why they can help to restore balance to your digestive health.
Yoga For Constipation
The best yoga poses for digestion are practices that help tone and rebalance the autonomic nervous system, since this is the central control switch in the brain for or all of your digestion. It relays messages to the digestive system via the brain gut connection and also to the ‘brain’ in the gut or the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). If you suffer from constipation, yoga poses and breathing to improve the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system are great, such as such seated and lying twists and ground series yoga that flex and extend the spine. Sun salutations are great, depending on your level of fitness, taking 5 slow deep breaths in each of the positions before moving on. Another yoga pose called the flying goose, from the 5 elements series from India taught by Peter Clifford, is perfect for helping to stoke the digestive fire in the morning and get things moving through the intestines to help with constipation.
Yoga For Diarrhea
If you suffer more from diarrhea, poses that tone and balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system are useful, but sometimes it’s a bit tricky because if you have diarrhea some poses are harder to do without triggering a bathroom emergency! For all digestive issues, a breathing exercise called Nadhi Shodhana is beneficial as it helps to tone the autonomic nervous system to create balance between the sympathetic and and parasympathetic nervous system. After you’ve practiced Nadi Shodhana some gentle knees to chest poses done lying down, along with just practicing constructive rest can help calm bowels and prevent them from moving too quickly.
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