How does yoga help in digestive disorder?
Many of us in the modern society suffer from digestive disorders like Irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, acid peptic diseases and ulcerative colitis. These diseases bring us a lot of inconvenience and also discomfort to our daily lives.
The smooth functioning of our digestion depends on the involuntary nervous system especially the parasympathetic branch. Parasympathetic system is associated with relaxation and restoration. With the fast pace of life, we are facing a lot of stress and stress activates the sympathetic (fight or flight) mode in our body system. This causes problems with our bowels.
We all know that exercise lower stress levels and there are specific yoga postures that are beneficial to digestive disorders. In the yoga session, there are a variety of postures are to be conducted to facilitate better bowel function. They are designed to calm down the sympathetic nervous system and shift balance towards the parasympathetic system.
These are four simple and effective yoga postures where you can practice at home. They are to be conducted with awareness to the digestive organs preferably with eyes closed.
Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chakrasana)
Extended Triangle Pose (Utita Trikonasana)
(Repeat on other side)
Half Lord of the Fish Pose (Ardha Matsyedrasana)
(Repeat on the other side)
With just exercise or yoga postures alone cannot help in solving digestive problems. A more holistic approach to this issue is to be conscious of our food intake. Several foods cause irritation to our digestive system. They include spicy, fatty and friend food, food containing wheat, carbonated beverage and caffeine. Hence adopt a more wholesome diet and pick food that are fresh, wholesome, natural and with mild spices. These foods will nourish your body, give your body lightness, alertness and add vitality to your total body system.
With constant practice of yoga and adopt healthy diet will improve your lifestyle and gives you a happier state of mind.
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