7 Best Yoga Poses For Healthy Gut
Summary: A healthy gut means a healthy and toxin-free body, and to get one, seek yoga’s help. Explore the blog and know about the top seven poses of yoga for a healthy gut.
“Gut health is the key to overall health.”- Kris Carr
Our gut health is required for the overall well being of the body and is also a seat of our intuition. An unhealthy digestion or any other issue in the gut can occupy our mind all day long and far. Digestive discomfort is never fun, whether we’re dealing with mild bloating or chronic gastrointestinal issue, have overindulged, or dealing with constipation. Stomach issues are inconvenient, painful and unpleasant, and if not treated on time, these can lead to other severe ailments. With the help of prescribed medicine, healthy eating, and a regular practice of Yoga, you can not just get rid of gut problems but also promote its health for life.
Yoga asana massages the digestive organs and gets them moving again.
So practice these seven best yoga poses for a happy tummy.
- Paschimottanasana (Seated-Forward Bend)
- Sit straight on the floor with stretched out legs and hands placed on the thighs.
- Now breathe in and raise your arms upward overhead. Stretch and be in the pose for 10 seconds.
- Now breathe out and bend your torso forward folding from the hip joints and not the waist.
- Ensure your chin moves towards the toes and your arms should touch the feet. If not, then stretch as much as you can without straining the back.
- Now place your head on the legs. Breathe gently and stay in the pose for a minute.
- Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
- Start the asana by kneeling on the floor with the hands on the hips, aligned knees and shoulders, and feet facing the ceiling.
- Take a deep breath and give a slight backbend to your torso, or arch your back.
- Now slide your hands on the feet, keeping the arms straight.
- Ensure your head is also bending backward while the neck is in the neutral position, and gaze fixed on the ceiling.
- Don’t strain your back and neck. Hold the position for 30-60 seconds.
- Balasana (Child’s Pose)
- Begin the asana by kneeling on the floor, keeping your feet together, and hands on the thighs.
- Now take a deep breath and lower down your body. Sit on your heels.
- Now spread your knees, inhale and raise your hands upward over the head.
- Exhale and then bend your upper body forward folding from the hips and let it rest between the thighs.
- Keep the hands forward above the head. Your forehead should touch the floor. Hold the position for a minute.
- Parivrtta Anjaneyasana (Revolved-Crescent Lunge Pose)
- Assume downward facing dog pose and then bend your right knee. Move your right foot and place it between the hands.
- Align the knee with your ankle and stretch the left leg slightly backward.
- Now inhale and gently raise your torso and your hands up over the head. Place the hands in front of your head in Anjali Mudra.
- Now twist your head and hands and the torso towards the right. Place the left elbow on the right thigh for support.
- Hold the pose for 30 seconds. Release and repeat on the other side.
- Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose)
- Lie flat on the floor on your back keeping the feet together and hands placed beside the body.
- Now inhale and as you exhale, fold your knees and bring it close to the chest.
- Now press your thighs against the abdomen and then wrap your hands around the legs.
- Hold the pose for 30 seconds.
- Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist Pose)
- Sit straight on the floor with your legs stretched out and hands placed beside the body.
- Now bend your right leg and bring the knee close to your torso.
- Then cross your left leg beneath the right leg and bring the left feet heel close to the right hip.
- Now twist your upper body up till waist to the right side. Don’t move your hips and keep the spine erect.
- Now keep the right hand behind the hip and the left hand on the right knee.
- Breathe slowly and hold the pose for 30-60 seconds. Release and repeat on the other side.
- Uttanasana (Standing-Forward Bend)
- Assume Tadasana position with the hands on your hips and feet together.
- Inhale and as you exhale, ease your knees but do not bend.
- Now raise your hands and take a deep breath. Exhale and bend the torso forward folding from the hips.
- Try to touch your feet with fingertips and if you can’t, don’t strain your back, and simply place it on the ankle, shin or knees.
- Breathe slowly and stay in the pose for 30-60 seconds.
End the session in the Savasana and practice the sequence daily for a healthy gut. Yoga is the ultimate source of a fit body and mind, and also for a peaceful soul.
Author Bio : Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training in India. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.