It's officially summertime this week. With beach days and hot summer nights, it's easy to overindulge at times. Yes, you deserved that fresh off the grill burger and second glass of rosé, but treating yourself doesn't mean you have to give up the next few days of healthy eating and exercise. Next time you find yourself bloated and lethargic from eating your favorite, yet not so fueling meals, try these yoga poses to support digestion.
1. Half Lord of the Fish Pose (Ardha Matysendrasana)
This twisting pose is a great way to get your digestion going, but be patient with yourself after a big meal; twisting the body may feel quite uncomfortable. By twisting the core of your body, you allow the blood flow to move to your digestive organs, which stimulates them to do their jobs.
2. Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
Forward fold not only helps with the relaxation of your nervous system, but it also helps with...can you guess? Digestion! By hinging forward, you're improving circulation, which stimulates your blood flow to specific organs that help break down your latest cheat meal.
3. Cat/Cow (Marjaiasana)
This pose actively encourages healthy gut functions which is perfect after you've found yourself feasting maybe a little too much. Cat/Cow incorporates two movements that lengthen and compress the intestines, which, again, stimulates blood movement and jump-starts digestion.
4. Supine Spinal Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)
Another powerful twisting pose that stimulates the body's natural functions. Not only does this pose circulate blood to the digestive organs, but it also deeply stretches the spine and relaxes the neck. With its multitude of benefits, this pose can be used for full body relaxation.
5. Wind Removing Pose (Pavanamuktasana)
This pose works wonders on the body. By bringing your knee to your abdomen, you massage your digestive organs and allow air to move through your digestive tract, hence the name of the pose. Releasing the air that is stuck in your digestive tract allows your digestive organs to work more efficiently.
6. Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
This relaxing pose circulates blood flow by extending your torso and opening up your pelvis. Not only is this pose important for digestion, but it also calms the muscles. For digestion purposes or not, this is always a great pose to recenter yourself.
Instead of getting mad at yourself over the food and drink exceptions you made in your normal wellness routine, try these poses to get your digestion flowing and back into the swing of things.
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