There are a few signs that it’s time to fire up digestion: still feeling full all too long after eating, being bloated and gassy despite eating wholesome food, or lacking satisfying daily elimination.
Yoga is a great way to overcome sluggish digestion. Although many people are under the misconception that yoga’s only good for a nice stretch, it actually works at an even deeper physiological level. Yoga improves the functioning of the internal organs.
What does this mean for digestion? By twisting, massaging, and applying pressure to the gastrointestinal tract and the liver, pancreas and gallbladder, yoga asanas increase digestive capacity. They surge fresh supplies of blood and oxygen to the organs, encourage the elimination of toxins, and stimulate the digestive fire.
That feeling of intense hunger after a solid yoga session is proof of the power of asana at work.
This 23 minute yoga practice will help supercharge the digestive fire. Beginning with sun salutations to remove any stagnancy, the sequence is centered around movements and postures that specifically target the abdominal organs. This practice can be done daily on an empty stomach for a real digestive boost!
Author: Julie Bernier
Editor: Catherine Monkman
Image: Author’s Own