Video:Yoga Poses to Help Indigestionwith Barbara Alvarez
Yoga isn't just for relaxation, it can also help combat indigestion. Learn how to do yoga poses that will help indigestion.See Transcript
Transcript:Yoga Poses to Help Indigestion
Hi, I'm Barbara Alvarez for About.com. We will work on a yoga series for digestion.
Begin with Pranayama
We'll begin sitting in Hero's pose or Virasana, so come to sit on your heels. We will work with some Pranayama, or breathing exercises first. Interlace your hands, except your index fingers, and bring your hands over your head. Begin to pump your belly as you forcefully exhale all the air out. Do Breath of Fire from 30 seconds up to a minute. Then we'll move into a gentle twist.
Come to sit on your side. Inhale lift the spine, and as you exhale gently twist to the side. This gentle twist aids digestion. It tonifies the digestive organs. Inhale, reach the spine tall, and exhale twist to the side. The twisting action squeezes all the organs, and cleanses all the toxins.
Come back to center and switch to the other side. Inhale reach up, and exhale, twist.
From twisting, extend your legs out in front of you, and root your sit bones. Inhale reach the chest up high, and exhale, forward fold. Paschimottanasana. Inhale, and as you exhale, come back to seated.
From there we'll move onto Setu Bandhasana or bridge pose. Bring your heels close to your buttocks, press your hands firmly on the ground and your feet and begin to lift up your sitbones and your spine, all the way. And gently roll, one vertebrae at a time, all the way down. Do this 3 times, and when you're done, hug your knees into the spine, into the chest.
Extend your legs out, and come into Shavasana, or corpse pose. From Shavasana, hug your knees into the chest again, roll to your right-hand side, and press yourself up to seated.
All these poses compress the digestive organs and then release, allowing the toxins to flush out of the body.
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