Yoga for better digestion
Digestion is the regulator of our internal energy , so when stomach problems arise, our body immediately responds to them. The healthy functioning of the digestive system consists of several aspects: rapid digestion, non-deposition of toxic food deposits, resulting in poisoning the body and slowing its vital functions, good digestibility of nutrients, healthy hunger, a sense of internal lightness.
Problems with the functioning of the digestive system lead to discomfort in everyday life, but can also be the cause of more serious diseases. Yoga, in addition to many other positive aspects, improves intestinal peristalsis, which improves the work of the entire digestive system.
So how do you use these benefits?
Apanasana is a position in which the knees are pressed to the stomach. The gentle work of bringing the knees closer to the abdomen causes a massage in this area, thus stimulating the work of the intestines. Do this position as follows:
Lie on your back, bend your knees and put your entire feet on the floor. When inhaling, grasp your knees with your hands; while exhaling, pull your knees to your chest. The knees should be at a comfortable distance from the abdomen so that they do not cause pain or discomfort. Stay in this position for 5-10 breaths.
This is probably the best massage we can treat our internal organs. During the turning of the torso, the work of the lateral and abdominal muscles is activated, thanks to which the digestive organs are slightly pressed and massaged. This gives the effect of toning, stimulating the activity of the organ and cleaning it from deposits, accumulated gases and residual toxins.
We’ve already met Apanasana, from which we can gently turn. From the position where the knees are glued to the abdomen, let’s do the action of directing the knees and legs to the right side of the body. Turn your head to the left, so you get a pleasant feeling of stretching your neck muscles. Stay in this configuration for 5-10 breaths and repeat this action to the other side.
3. Balasana – the position of the child.
The position of the child, like Apanasana, stimulates the digestive system and internal organs . Kneel on the floor, keep your knees together, connect big toes and then sit on your heels. Separate your knees at hip width. Stretch up so that your back is straight.
On the exhale, bend forward, guiding your pelvis so that your chest falls to your thighs and your head rests on your thighs. Extend the sacrum to the width of the pelvis, point the iliac spines towards the navel so that they cuddle into the inner thighs. Move the tailbone away from your torso, pull your buttocks towards the heels and the neck and head in the opposite direction. If you feel uncomfortable in this position or cannot place your buttocks on your heels, put folded blankets or pillows under your head.
Stretch your arms back past your body , put your hands on the floor next to your feet. Hands are to be turned inside to the ceiling, fingers freely bent. Expand and relax the upper and lower back, relax the elbows, relax the neck.
Relax. Stay in the position from 30 seconds to several minutes. To leave the position first on the exhale, lift the torso, starting from the coccyx, return to the sitting position with the straight back.
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