With the holiday season in full swing, it is so crucial to make sure and show some extra love to your digestive system (which is probably working overtime if your holiday gatherings are anything like mine…). If you tend to eat foods you normally would not during the holiday season, you are bound to experience some bloating and/or digestion troubles sooner or later. Thankfully, there are several quick and easy yoga poses that are known for soothing the stomach and promoting healthy digestion. I practice these on a regular basis, but I especially like to focus on them whenever I am feeling bloated or am eating things I normally would not. These have been a lifesaver for me, and I hope that you will love them as much as I do!
Child’s pose is a great gentle, easy stretch for the low back that compresses the abdomen and massages the internal organs, which works to stimulate the digestive system.
Also known as cat/cow, this sequence of poses is a great warmup to get your digestive juices flowing. It also works as a wonderful way to gently massage your internal organs.
3. Ardha Matsyendrasana
This seated twist is so beneficial because it really has the power to transform not only your spine but it also nourishes your internal organs through alternately compressing and stretching the torso (which increases circulation in those areas). The stomach, intestines, and kidneys all get a nice squeeze, which stimulates digestion all while giving the shoulders, hips, back, and neck and yummy stretch.
This seated squat not only is a great hip opener, but it also gets your whole digestive system warmed up and improves its alignment.
5. Supta Jathara Parivartanasana
Not only does this spinal twist increase flexibility in your spine and upper back muscles, but it also does wonders for your digestive system by massaging your internal organs and increasing circulation.