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Yoga Poses For Constipation

While it can be uncomfortable for some people to talk about constipation, it’s even more uncomfortable to experience the bloating, heaviness in the abdomen, the strain to pass stool, and the lack of energy that comes with it.

Most of us get constipated every now and then, maybe when we change our routine (traveling can be a culprit) or when we eat the wrong kinds of food or don’t drink enough water. Of course, there can be more serious causes of constipation, such as physical obstructions in the colon, like polyps. Therefore, if you are chronically constipated, it’s best to see a doctor to find out if something more serious is going on in your body.

But most cases of constipation can be rectified by improving your diet, drinking more water, and practicing yoga postures regularly. A vegetarian diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains, nuts, and seeds provides the roughage our body needs for good elimination. Plenty of liquids, including water, juices, and teas (avoid caffeine drinks) provide the liquid that helps food move through our digestive tract more quickly. Yoga asanas massage and stretch the intestines, stimulating peristalsis. It is this action that moves food through the intestines and waste out of the body.

Because yoga postures help regulate the production of hormones, they can help prevent constipation caused by hormonal imbalances. The poses are also a good way to get us moving and prevent constipation that is often caused by a sedentary lifestyle.

Regularly practicing a balanced asana routine, such as those on our DVDs, will go a long way to get your elimination system working properly. Cannonball is particularly beneficial for relieving both gas and constipation.

Constipation is sometimes caused by stress, so I also recommend practicing some Yoga Sound Meditation after your asanas session. 

Yoga Poses For Good Digestion

When we’re young, we rarely think about our digestion. But often, after years of living with stress, eating on the run, overeating, eating the wrong kinds of food, all combined with the natural effects of getting older, our digestion may gradually weaken. We may experience heartburn, gas, or belching, or just feel uncomfortably full after a meal.

Yoga Postures Help Keep Bones Strong

I’m sure we all know of an elderly man or woman who has fallen and broken a hip. This is a painful and often traumatic experience requiring surgery, rest, and recovery time. It can take several months of using a cane or walker to regain mobility. This can be quite demoralizing to someone in their later years, who may already be struggling to retain their independence. Generally hip and other bone fractures in the elderly are due to osteoporosis, or the loss of bone mass.

Yoga for a Healthy Back

Since ancient times, yogis teaching and practicing asanas have placed a great deal of emphasis on the back, especially the spine.

They appreciated the value of keeping the spinal column straight, strong, flexible, and relaxed. Not only does a healthy spine have a favorable impact on your overall comfort and mobility (both present and future), but it also benefits your internal organs, glands, and tissue. A healthy back and spine also helps increase your energy level and improves the circulation of prana (subtle energy) throughout the body. 

Restorative Yoga Asanas

A common misconception these days is that in order to benefit from yoga asanas, we have to strive hard, work up a sweat, do extreme poses, and really push our limits. While there’s nothing wrong with challenging ourselves, practicing yoga asanas in a gentle, passive way has many benefits. It allows us to slow down and really check in with what’s going on in our body, to respect our limitations and work with them to gradually increase our well-being.

Yoga for Liver Health

Taking care of our liver is not something we think about very often, but our liver certainly takes care of us. This large organ is a key player in running the complex machine of the body—in fact, it performs over 300 functions. For example, the liver filters toxins in the blood that may come from drugs, alcohol, or other poisonous substances.  It breaks down protein into amino acids. It converts the carbs we eat into glycogen, which can later be converted back to glucose to give us energy. Bile, which is necessary for breaking down the fats we eat, is produced in the liver.

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