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Feeling Stuffed? Post-Feast Yoga for Digestion

November 2, 2019

Instead of diving into a deep fog post-Thanksgiving feast, try bringing a little movement into the mix this year. As you linger around the living room, focus on standing poses, twists and backbends that are good for digestion. Remember – a happy belly makes a happy yogi!

Take this time to reflect on all of the things you are grateful for. This soothing energy will calm your body and mind which will get your body relaxed, stomach digesting and spirit fulfilled right in time for dessert!

To help you get started, we put together 3 poses that help ease digestive discomfort such as bloating and gas.

1. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

This resting pose restores balance and equanimity to the body and allow your digestive fluids to go to work.  It also helps to relax when we are stressed or tense, which can often wreak havoc on our digestion.

2. Seated Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Twisting poses like this one will increase blood flow to the digestive organs, which increases their ability to function. This improves digestion and the processing of the liver and kidneys which will help reduce bloating and discomfort.

3. Supine Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)

This gentle posture lengthens and strengthens the spine while detoxifying the internal organs. By stretching the spine, shoulder, back, thighs, and neck while the body rests,  your internal detoxifying processes become stimulated.