Article by Basavaraj Gollar
Practising yoga is an excellent way of improving gut health. Research has shown that practising yoga benefits your gut microbiome – a diverse ecosystem, like an internal garden, living inside of you comprised of symbiotic bacteria that helps to maintain a healthy digestive system. Not only does yoga offer a lot of health benefits and overall healing, but also has a myriad of postures that aid in digestion, circulation, and detoxification.
This pose is excellent as it massages the intestines, tones abdominal muscles, promotes bowel movements and also relieves constipation. This pose helps to squeeze the organs in a way that helps drain them of old and congested fluid. It also facilitates a rush of healthier fluid back into the system.
It is believed that practising this asana regularly increases metabolism and improves digestion. According to Yogi masters practising this pose consistently, will give one the power to eat anything they want and have perfect digestion. This pose places a lot of pressure on the digestive organs due to which the blood supply to the said organs is cut off for a moment. Therefore once the pose is released lots of fresh, oxygen-rich blood flows to the digestive organs, which in turn ends up improving their function. The compression will also help move anything that may be stuck. This is an advanced pose that can be attempted by the practitioner once he/she is familiar with the yogic routine. Begin by sitting on your heels while keeping your knees wide apart.
This asana is also called the Seated Forward Bend or the Intense Dorsal Stretch. Paschimottanasana is known as a great digestive aid posture. This asana covers a whole lot of systems in the body and is particularly useful for diabetes and high blood pressure. This asana also gives the entire body a good stretch. You must make sure to keep your stomach and bowels empty before you practice this asana.
Savasana is also known as the corpse pose. It is regarded as the ultimate posture for all healing. As you lie still, you allow all stresses to melt away which creates a healing environment for your body. Due to the body’s relaxed state, the blood will start to flow away from your extremities and towards the digestive organs. This increases oxygenation to the digestive organs and creates the ideal environment for digestion, cleansing, and healing.
Yoga has the power to heal everything from head to toe, and the proper functioning of the digestive system is one of the most important functions of the body. Practice yoga to live a healthy and fit life.