7 Yoga Poses That Help Your Digestion

Did you eat too much over the Turkey Day holiday? Yea, me too! I’ve outlined some yoga poses that will help with digestion. Think of these poses like the game: “7 minutes in heaven”. These poses are designed to stimulate, boost circulation, and massage internal organs. Who’s ready to trim off that turkey?

The below 7 yoga poses incorporate twists, which detoxify the body; forward folds, which massage internal organs; and inversions, which boost circulation and stimulate the abdominal muscles. When you breathe deeply in each pose, this aids in the digestive process by increasing blood flow throughout the body. Feel free to practice these poses before or after you eat, or anytime that you experience digestive discomfort. Attempt to hold each pose for one minute (…remember: 7 minutes in Heaven).  Let’s get down, dog!

 Cat

Cat

 Cow

Cow

Cat/Cow

Cat and cow are technically two poses, but are joined together as one flowing sequence. Try alternating between cat and cow stretches, which will lengthen and compress the intestines. These poses will stretch the hips, abdomen and back. Increase coordination, and massage and stimulate organs in the belly, like the kidneys and adrenal glands.

 Forward Fold

Forward Fold

Forward Fold

Bending down toward your toes will instantly boost circulation and improve blood flow to your digestive organs (even if your knees are bent). Forward folds promote relaxation and peace of mind. Try to relax with your hands by your ankles, heavy like a rag doll.  Take a few breaths and feel each part of your body slowly release tension, including your stomach.

 Upward Dog

Upward Dog

Upward Dog

This pose will wake up the abdominal organs quick, fast, and in a hurry! Upward dog is the sister pose to downward dog. It is a fantastic pose to stretches the chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen. It firms the bottom and stimulates abdominal organs. 

 Camel

Camel

Camel Pose

This pose is great for opening the front of the body. Easing your torso back will expand the torso, and help bring length to the area if elimination or constipation are an issue. 

 Lord of the Half Fishes

Lord of the Half Fishes

Lord of the Half Fishes

This name of this posture always makes me think of Lord of the Flies. Lord of the Half Fishes is a fantastic twisting pose. Despite what you may think, twisting across the body and belly actually feel good after over-indulging. The twists help to detoxify the body by wringing out anything that doesn’t belong there and cleansing internal organs. Remember to mirror and match both sides!

 Revolved Triangle

Revolved Triangle

Revolved Triangle

Revolved Triangle not only increases your sense of balance and is a twist responsible for stimulating organs, but it gets everything moving in the gut. This pose can help to facilitate weight loss over time by reducing acidity in the digestive tract. Again, whatever you do on one side, be sure to do on the other!

 Child's Pose

Child's Pose

Child’s Pose

Last, but not least, Child’s Pose. This is a great way to end your mini-yoga sequence. Child’s pose is restorative and calming. By resting your belly on your thighs, you are able to physically massage the internal organs which will help induce digestion and get you feeling better soon!

 

Meghan Ann Martinyoga