Yoga is one of history’s most underrated medicines for a variety of ailments. Since yoga helps to relieve stress, activate the digestive muscles and relax all the muscles in your body, certain poses can help to relieve constipation. Try a few of these moves to keep your digestive system healthy.
Extended Child’s Pose
Extended child’s pose is simply a deeper version of child’s pose. Almost anyone who isn’t pregnant can do this pose.
Sit on your knees on your yoga mat. Your hands should be on your thighs and your knees should be touching. Your butt should be resting on your heels. Place your hands on the mat in front of you and slide forward so your face is facing the mat. Keep sliding forward until your hands are outstretched in front of your body and you forehead is resting on the mat. Breathe deeply for 30 seconds. If you feel this pose is difficult to hold, make sure to exhale all the air deeply from your lungs.
Since our ancestors relieved themselves in a squatting position (instead of sitting down on the toilet as we do now), our bodies sometimes need a few good squats to loosen the stool in our bodies. Yoga poses that employ squats are extremely good for relieving constipation. The garland pose employs a gentle squat to keep your body’s digestive system moving smoothly. Start by standing on your yoga mat with your ankles touching.
Point your toes to 10 and 2. Move your feet until they are a little further than width-length apart. Lean forward into a deep squat and place your elbows on your knees. Push down and place your palms together with your fingertips pointing up. Breathe deeply and hold this pose for 30 seconds.
Corpse pose is one of the easiest poses to master. Anyone can do corpse pose as long as they are comfortable lying on their back on a hard surface. Lay down on your back on your yoga mat. Allow your arms to naturally fall wherever they may. Face your palms upward. Allow your legs to naturally part.
Lie on the ground like this for at least 30 seconds. You can continue this pose for up to five minutes or until you feel like getting up.
Chair pose is a slightly more difficult squat pose that engages your abdominal muscles, which can help engage your muscles in your intestines, allowing stool to move faster through your digestive system. Stand on your yoga mat with your ankles touching. Raise your arms straight above your head with your palms facing each other. Bring your palms together like you’re praying. Stretch your hands so your fingertips are stretching toward the sky. Bend at your knees slightly. You will naturally lean forward. Keep your knees pressed together. Continue to tilt as your begin to round your back. Hold this pose for 30 seconds.
You don’t need to create an extensive yoga practice to stay regular. By performing a few poses regularly and when you feel constipation coming on. By relaxing your body and engaging your digestive muscles, you can keep stool moving through your body at a regular pace.