5 Yoga Poses For Better Digestion

5 Yoga Poses For Better Digestion

Feeling bloated after overindulging this Christmas? Ease digestive pain with these yoga poses.

Cat Cow Pose

In table-top position, place your wrists beneath your shoulders and knees underneath your hips. Inhale as you lift your chin and chest, and drop your belly button to the earth into cow pose. As you exhale, take the chin to the chest and round your upper back towards the sky, dropping your gaze to your navel as you move into cat pose. Continue flowing with your breath for 10 rounds.

Cat Cow Pose

Triangle Pose

From a standing position, step your right foot backwards about 1.5 leg lengths behind. The outside of your right foot should be parallel to the end of the mat and your left heel inline with the arch of your right foot. Both legs are straight. Take your arms up to shoulder-height with the palms facing down. Reach out as far as you can with your left hand, kicking your right hip back behind you. As you exhale, lower your left hand down towards your left shin, taking your right arm up to the sky, palm facing out. Repeat on the opposite side.

Triangle Pose

Revolving Triangle

From triangle pose, draw yourself back up to standing. Place your hands on your hips and step your right foot slightly and turn toes to face forward. Your feet are hip-distance apart. With your left hand on your left hip, inhale as you take your right arm straight up above the head. As you exhale, release your right hand to the outside of your left foot. Pull your right hip slightly forward and left hip slightly back to ensure your hips stay square. Inhale has you take your right arm to the ceiling with the palm facing away from the body. Repeat opposite side.

Revolving Triangle

Bridge Pose

Lye on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Your ankles should be underneath your knees and arms by your side with the palms facing down. Inhale, and draw your belly button to your spine and slowly take your hips up towards the ceiling. Relax the shoulders into the floor and count 10 breaths. As you exhale, slowly lower yourself back down to the mat one vertebra at a time.

Bridge Pose

Supine Twist

Lye on your back with your legs outstretched. Bend your right knee and place your left hand around on the outside of the right thigh. Your right arm is outstretched at shoulder height with palm facing up. As you exhale, come on your left hip and take your right knee to the left side. Keep both shoulders in contact with the mat and if it is available, turn to look over your right shoulder. Hold as long is comfortable and remember to do the other side.

Supine Twist

 

CAITLIN (53 of 58)About the author
Caitlin Reid is a unique health professional with qualifications as an accredited nutritionist, accredited exercise physiologist and yoga teacher. Caitlin is passionate about all things health and wellness, and keeps up-to-date with the latest health research, which she uses when contributing expert advice to health, fitness, lifestyle and food companies. She is also the nutrition expert for the Women’s Fitness magazine, the dietitian for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and ambassador for Papaya Australia. Follow Caitlin on Instagram @caitlinareid or visit her website.

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