Beat bloat with these 8 yoga poses

By TNT Bureau

Nov 29, 2017: We usually tend to overeat and then feel bloated. This may be the result of gas and acid formation. Gas formation can also be a tendency, which may occur quite often, leading to uneasiness, vomitting, headache and even stomach ache. Therefore, this needs to be treated, and what is better than treating it in natural ways with the help of yoga.

Yoga for just 15 minutes daily, can really relieve you from this pain. It will also improve your digestive health. Try these 8 yoga poses to improve your digestion system, beat the bloat, and ease your stomach pains.

Apanasana or knees hugged to chest

This yoga pose helps to ease bloating and gas pains

  • Lie down, relax and inhale, placing your hands on your knees. Exhale, and hug your knees to your chest.
  • Rock your knees from side to side to maximize the stretch. Stay for five to 10 breaths, and release your knees.
  • Repeat this move a few more times.

Spinal twist

This yoga pose helps to calm and tone your abdomen.

  • Lie down, hug your knees and inhale. As you exhale, drop your knees to the left, using your left hand to push them down gently.
  • Then, turn your head and stretch your arm out to the right. Stay for five to 10 Inhale, and return your hands and knees to center.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Setu bandha sarvangasana or bridge pose

This yoga pose helps to regulate blood flow, making you feel more energized.

  • Lie on the floor and bend your knees.
  • Keep your arms beside your body and your feet flat on the floor. Move your hips up to give your chest a good stretch.
  • To better aid your digestion, try this variation.
  • Press one hip up and hold the pose.
  • Take five breaths, then switch to the other side.

One-legged seated spinal twist

  • Sit with your legs extended. Bend your right knee and place your heel close to your body.
  • Reach your right arm behind you and place your palm on the floor. Your left elbow goes on the outside of the right knee to help you twist.
  • Stay for five or more breaths, deepening the stretch every time you exhale.
  • Release the twist and repeat on the other side.

 Paschimottanasana or seated forward bend pose

This yoga pose helps you relax, and ease some stress that affects your digestion.

  • Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you.
  • Keeping your back straight, slowly hinge forward at the hips and lower your torso.
  • Stay there for five to ten deep breaths.

Seated heart opener

If you have eaten too much, go for this pose as it helps to stretch your belly and relieve stomach cramps.

  • Sit down on your heels and lean back, placing your palms about eight inches behind you, with your fingertips pointing away from you.
  • Press your hands into the ground, lift your chest and arch your back. You should feel your hips pushing into your heels.
  • Increase the stretch by lowering your head behind you.
  • Feel the stretch in your throat and chest.
  • Hold for five breaths, and then sit up.

Balasana or child pose

Use this yoga pose for a relaxing stretch.

  • Sit on your knees and feet with your legs spaced wide apart.
  • Lean forward, stretching your arms in front of you.
  • Then, keeping your back straight, place your forehead on the floor.

Adho mukha savanasana or downward facing dog pose

This yoga pose helps to energize your mind and body.

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
  • Keeping your back straight, hinge forward and press your palms to the ground. Hold the pose for five to ten breaths.
  • Alternate with child’s pose.
  • Place your feet further back, and bend your knees to make it easier to keep your back straight


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