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Consider Yoga for Digestive Ailments

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Yoga joins recommended strategies like relaxation breathing, meditation and guided imagery.

You might have many health goals in mind if you decide to take up yoga, but if you have digestive concerns, here are a few examples of postures designed to help (instructions from Everyday Health):

- Mountain pose

Inhale and bring your arms overhead, then exhale and lower them back down to your sides.

- Standing forward bend

Stand with your feet together. Bend from the hips to bring your face toward your shins, placing your hands on the floor next to your feet.

- The Marichi pose

Sit with one leg stretched in front of you and bend the other leg toward your chest, with the sole of the foot flat on the floor against the inner thigh of the stretched leg. Encircling the bent knee, clasp your hands behind your back and bend forward.

More complicated poses, just as beneficial, include: the reclining big toe pose, the triangle pose, the extended side-angle pose and downward-facing dog.

A trained yoga teacher can guide you through the proper way to bend and stretch into these poses, as well as how to incorporate mindful breathing and how long to hold the various poses.

If you try a free class this month, let the instructor know that you want to target digestive health.


“Yoga Month: September.” YogaHealthFoundation.org. Web. 10 Sept. 2012.

Rodriguez, Diana. “Yoga for Excessive Gas Relief.” EverydayHealth.com. Web. 10 Sept. 2012.

Quistgard, Nika. “Tranquil Tummy.” Yoga Journal. Web. 10 Sept. 2012.

“Managing Flares and Other IBD Symptoms.” Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Web. 10 Sept. 2012.

“Yoga for Digestive Health and IBS.” HelpforIBS.com. Web. 10 Sept. 2012.

Reviewed September 11, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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EmpowHER Guest

I think yoga is the best way to maintain our body fit as well as best health.

March 13, 2013 - 5:49am
EmpowHER Guest

There are a lot of physical benefits of Yoga and proper digestive system is one of them. We know for maintaining a healthy, fit and balanced body structure we need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

September 12, 2012 - 3:22am
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