Although yoga is commonly thought of as a stretching exercise, its benefits are endless. Different yoga poses can help with common problems that we often face: indigestion, anxiety, headaches, irregular menstruation and muscle tension. Incorporating yoga into your usual exercise routine will not only improve your flexibility and strengthen your muscles but will also unite the mind and body and improve symptoms over time.
We often think that the only solution to indigestion is making considerable changes in our diet. Yoga is another great method of dealing with indigestion and other stomach issues like bloating, constipation and stomach cramps. Specific asanas promote gastrointestinal motility, thereby reducing cramps and bloating caused by indigestion. One of these poses is Apanasana, or knees to chest pose. Apanasana is the King of yoga poses for digestion. It’s commonly referred to as the “wind-relieving pose” - you can probably guess why.
Lie on your back with your legs straight. Slowly bend your knees and bring them closer to your chest. Wrap your hands around your knees. You can either remain in this position or make slow circles with your knees massaging your tummy.
- Massages the intestines
- Promotes healthy bowel movements
- Strengthens lower back