Bye-Bye Bloat, Hello… Bikram?
Digestion not exactly your strong suit? Yeah, us either. When things get backed up, if you will, or if your body just isn’t quite as, uh, “regular” as you’d like it to be, NYC yoga expert and the founder of FireDragonYoga, April Martucci, has some yoga poses for improving and stimulating digestion.
Standing Spinal Twist. Start on your hands and knees. Step your right foot between your hands so it’s bent as a 90 –degree angle. Bring your hands to prayer at the center of the chest before twisting your left shoulder and left arm outside the right knee, twisting the whole trunk over the leg. Press the prayer against the chest. Remain here or tuck your back toes and lengthen the back leg up into a full lunge position. Make sure your torso remains wedged on the outside of the front leg since the twist part of the pose is what stimulates the color and the abdominal organs. Hold for 5 breaths before repeating on the other side.
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Seated Spinal Twist. Start seated on the floor with legs extended out in front. Keep both side of your butt planted as you bend the right knee into the chest with the foot flat on the floor on the outside of the left knee. Stretch the left arm up towards the ceiling, lengthening the left side. Twist entire left shoulder and left side to the outside of the bent right knee to massage the abdominal organs, which helps to relieve constipation. Place right hand close to your back on the floor behind you while the left elbow pushes into the right leg. Keep your spine straight. Hold for 5 breaths before switching sides.
Cocoon, Gas Releasing Pose. Start lying flat on back. Bring thighs into the chest, keeping the entire spine on the floors and hugging your knees so you’re in a tight ball shape. Stay for 5 breaths, release and repeat 3x to help with bloat, gas, constipation, colitis and even obesity!
Head to Knee Pose. Start seated with legs extended. Bend right knee into the chest and place right foot against the left inner thigh as high as possible. Twist towards your left leg with back straight, bringing your torso in line with your left leg before reaching with both hands towards the left foot for a forward bend and a twist in one. Hold for 5 breaths before switching sides to Improves digestion, relieves stress and menstrual discomfort, and stimulate the kidneys and liver.
Garland Pose, Yoga Squat. Start standing with feet mat width distance. Bend the legs, coming into a squatting position with your elbows and triceps inside your legs. Place the hands in prayer position. Use your triceps to open your knees wider, letting the tailbone drop, but sitting up tall. Stay for 8-10 breaths to support metabolism, aid digestion and tone your core.