digestive system is often inundated with poor eating habits and
these habits add stress to the body. When we cultivate a regular
yoga practice, we gently squeeze out the waste and remove stale
or stagnant fluids that are found within the digestive system
digestive system can become sluggish and create numerous
digestive problems and diseases. Simple yoga postures, with
breath awareness, help to stimulate the heart so that the body
can be filled with the oxygenated blood needed to remove toxins
from the body.
postures create space within the entire body and enable organs
to work at optimal levels. They help to massage the internal
organs and stimulate the digestive activity so that the entire
system works more efficiently. The digestive system not only
absorbs nutrients and feeds the body, but itís also connected
to our elimination system. We need to encourage it to work at
healthy levels, so that
wastes donít easily collect
and turn toxic to the body, and in turn, produce disease and/or
chronic problems that affect our digestive system and other
parts of the body.
serves as an intestinal cleansing. The Sanskrit words Agni
translates as fire, sar as essence, and Kriya as action. Fire is
for digestion and in yoga we
often refer to it as our digestive fire.
cleansing practice is best when done on an empty stomach,
preferably in the morning, after evacuating the bowels. It is
recommended that you do it after drinking a glass of warm water
with lemon to help flush out the toxins.
Stand shoulder distance apart.
With bent knees, spine straight, bend slightly forward from
Palms rest on the knees, or just above, so the back isnít
in deeply, exhale all air, tuck chin slightly, contract belly to
spine, holding breath in this position, then push it all the way
out. This provides internal organs with a deep internal massage;
do these contractions while holding the breath. Do as many as
you are able to, working towards building the number of
repetitions. Inhale and slowly return to standing.
People with high blood pressure, internal ulcers, as well as
hyperthyroidism, chronic diarrhea, should avoid this exercise,
or wait until consulting with your physician.
yoga practice can help the digestive system given that stress is
often linked to many digestive problems. Cultivating an asana
practice improves the quality of life and improves oneís
digestive system. This beginner level yoga practice enables
those new to yoga an introduction to greater digestive health.
with Balasana. It helps center the body and mind, bringing focus
to the breath. Balasana soothes the nervous system, opens and
stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles.
Stay in Balasana while focusing
on the quality of the breath for 10-15 breaths.
Come to the floor onto knees and palms.
Sit onto the heels.
Bring thighs side-by-side.
Guide belly onto thighs.
Forehead to the mat.
Bring arms back beside thighs, palms facing upwards.
Stay here with focus on the quality of the breath for 10-15
to come up onto the knees and palms into a tabletop position to
prepare for Cat/Cow Sequence.
slowly warms up the spine and is soothing for aligning and
preparing the spine for a yoga practice. It also helps motivate
the blood flow by stimulating the digestive system.
Place hands shoulder distance apart, align knees directly
under hips, toes tucked under.
Inhale, head and tailbone up to Cow, as if in a backbend on
Exhale to round the spine, tuck pelvis, belly button to
spine, gaze at belly, Cat.
Link this movement to the breath, for 5-6 rounds.
Ė Vira means hero, it helps digestion. It is wonderful for
opening the knees and hips, but should be avoided if you have
had knee or ankle injury.
Stay in Virasana for 5 minutes, or for as long as it is
comfortable. It is a great posture after a large meal and it is
also a meditation posture.
tabletop, bring feet side-by-side, shift weight and sit on
straight spine, place palms onto thighs, close the eyes and
concentrate on breath for 5 minutes, or for as long as
it is comfortable.
taking the time to cultivate a simple yoga and meditation
practice, we offer the mind and body the opportunity to unwind.
affects the quality of our lives: healthy food choices, positive
thinking, and exercise all help to create healthy digestive
fires, among other things. Toxins created by stress have a
harder time staying in the body when we choose to make healthy
decisions. We begin to see benefits gained through the power of
our positive actions. Weíve been told since we were children
to make wise choices, because the unwise choices have adverse
effect on the body, mind, and spirit.
: Krista Katrovas