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.