Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Yoga to Aid Digestion

I practice yoga on a regular basis and increasingly I find that specific poses to aid with digestion are helpful coping strategies. There are some sequencing of poses that target "IBS" type symptomatology. Here is the information and I hope you find it helpful.

Yoga Poses for Specific IBS Symptoms

Yoga Pose (Click on name for picture)
Bow, Corpse Pose, Fish Pose, On your Back With Knees to Chest, Seated Forward Bend, Uddiyana, Forward Bend, Plow
On Your Back With Knees to Chest, Wind Relieving Posture, Gentle Inversion Poses
Bowel Dysmotility
Overall GI Function
Corpse Pose, Locust, On Your Back with Knees to Chest.

Yoga Posture Sequence:

1-Corpse pose

2-Reclining bound angle pose

3-Hero pose
(helps relieve stomach acidity, flatulence, abdominal cramping)

4-Reclining easy seated pose
(helps relieve indigestion, flatulence, and abdominal cramping)

5-Inverted staff pose (helps relieve diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal cramping, indigestion) (Caution, don't do if you have neck problems, migraine/headache, or current diarrhea)

6-Bound angle pose
(helps improve digestion and blood circulation to abdomen & pelvis)

7-Wide-angle seated pose
(improves circulation to abdomen/pelvis, digestion overall)

8-Downward facing dog
(helps calm nervous system, relieve constipation and indigestion)

(helps relieve spastic colon, and stabilize digestive tract) (Caution: Only do this if already part of your regular practice. Don't do it if have high blood pressure, period, neck/back problems, or migraines)

(helps IBS, colitis, chronic constipation, or hemorrhoids) (Caution, avoid this if you have neck/shoulder problems, high blood pressure, period, or migraine/headache)

11-Half-plough pose
(helps soothe nerves and relax mind, and digestive complaints associated with anxiety) (Avoid if you have neck/shoulder problems or period)

12-Bridge pose
(helps with overall digestion, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping)

13-Legs up the wall pose
(helps soothe sympathetic nervous system, relieve anxiety-associated diarrhea, indigestion, and nausea)
Go to to find the full article where you can click on the poses for pictures.

I hope that you find yoga as helpful as I do. Namaste.

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