Our digestive system performs thousands of functions each day to break down food, absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. When it’s … … imbalanced, common issues like bloating, gas, constipation or IBS can disrupt daily life. Fortunately, yoga contains a treasure trove of asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing techniques) to soothe the gut and promote regularity. Here are some top yoga moves to support digestive wellness from the inside out.
Gentle seated twists like marichyasana squeeze and massage the abdominal organs. They stimulate peristalsis waves to keep things moving smoothly through the GI tract. Hold for 5 breaths on each side.
This dynamic backbend and forward fold combination massages the stomach and intestines. It also relieves tension in the back which can radiate to the gut. Flow at your own pace through 5 rounds.
Lying on your back, lift your hips up and down slowly. This gentle inversion relieves pressure on the abdomen and improves blood flow to the pelvic region.
Another inversion that stretches the front body. It calms the mind and soothes the nervous system to relax digestion. Hold supported for 5-10 breaths.
Rest in this forward fold to decompress the lower back and relieve pressure on the stomach. Take deep breaths to relax.
End your practice lying flat. This corpse pose allows the body to fully unwind so digestion can proceed smoothly.
Deep belly breathing techniques like ujjayi, nadi shodhana and bhastrika massage internal organs. They stimulate peristalsis and regulate the vagus nerve for balanced gut function.
Listen to your body and don’t push too deep into poses if you feel discomfort. Consistency is key – aim for a gentle routine 2-3 times weekly. Yoga is a natural way to support whole-body wellness from the inside out.