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Yoga Asanas to Improve Digestion: 5 Yoga Poses for A Strong Digestive System

Do you often feel bloated or uneasy? This might be due to indigestion. Your digestive system is working throughout the day to break down the food you eat and provide energy. Here are some yoga asanas for a stronger gut and improved digestion.

Published: August 14, 2017 4:59 PM IST

By Chethana Prakasan

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Indigestion can lead to many health issues like bloating, stomach ache, acidity, constipation and loose motion. Digestion of food starts in your mouth and then proceeds to the stomach and then intestines. The food is broken down and absorbed by the body. Waste products from the digestion process are eliminated through the anus and it is called defecation. Proper digestion of food is essential for healthy body. Your eating habits and activities directly affect the digestion process. You can keep your digestive system healthy and strong by changing your lifestyle or eating habits. Here are some yoga asanas to improve digestion and make your gut stronger. (ALSO SEE Benefits of green tea: 11 amazing health benefits of drinking green tea).

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1. Paschimottasana (Seated forward bend pose)

Paschimottasana or the seated forward bend asana helps relieve gas and constipation. It also reduces abdominal fat and gently massages the organs.

How to do it: Start by sitting down on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and your hands at your side. Make sure your spine is straight. Now, inhale and lift your arms straight in front of your chest. Extend your back and bend forward from your hips. Try to hold your toes and keep your chin on your thighs. Hold this position for about a minute and return to the original position.

2. Balasana (Child’s pose)

Balasana or the child’s pose releases stress and calms your mind. The yoga pose is also beneficial for your thighs, hips and lymphatic system.

How to do it: Start by coming to all fours. Now, sit back on your heels and bend forward. Try to touch your chest to your thighs. Extend your arms straight ahead. Hold this position for about three minutes and then return to the normal position.

3. Pavanamuktasana (Wind relieving pose)

Pavanamuktasana or the wind relieving pose removes the gas and stomach ailments. It will improve your digestion and expel gas from your stomach. It also strengthens the muscles in your abdomen.

How to do it: Start by lying down on the floor on your back with your legs straight and your hands at your side. Take a deep breath and raise your legs. Now, bend your knees and bring them towards your chest. Wrap your arm around your knees and hug them to keep them near your chest. Try to touch your knees with your nose. Hold this position for about 30 seconds and then return to the original position. (ALSO READ Home remedies for acidity: Try these 11 easy ways for quick relief from acidity).

4. Trikonasana (Triangle pose)

Trikonasana or the triangle pose improves digestion, stimulates appetite and relieves constipation. It is also beneficial for your kidney and other abdominal organs.

How to do it: Stand straight with your legs wide apart and your hands at your side. Now, turn your right foot to your right and bend your body to the right side. Touch your right hand to your right foot. Keep your left arm extended towards the ceiling. Come back to the original position and then do the same on the other side.

5. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half lord of the fishes pose)

Ardha Matsyendrasana is another great pose to improve digestion. It massages abdominal organs and improves the health of the pancreas and liver.

How to do it: Begin by sitting down with your legs extended forward and your spine straight. Now, bring your left foot near your pelvic region by bending your knees. Bring your right foot over your left knee. Your right foot will be near your left knee. Twist your body to bring your left arm over your right knee. Keep your right arm behind your back. Hold this position for around one minute. Return to the original position and then do the same on the other side.

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