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.
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“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