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Healing Yoga Position For Indigestion, Stress Or Anxiety


The right yoga poses can ease stress, indigestion and even help headaches. Here are some moves that may help ease your indigestion and help to calm and focus the mind. However this should not be done as a diagnostic quick-fix and you are advice to find a teacher you can relate to for development and guidance.

Indigestion/Gas

Samasthiti Twist

This twist helps to gently massage the internal organs of the body and stimulate the digestive system.

How To Do It?

  • Sit on a chair with both feet planted firmly on the floor. The backrest of the chair should be to your right.
  • Inhale and allow the spine to be lengthened with the torso facing forward.
  • While exhaling, twist the body to the right side, resting hands gently on the backrest of the chair.
  • Inhale and return to the original position.
  • Do this four times on the right side and four times on the left.

Urdhva Prasrtapadasanam

Leg raises will help strengthen the lower torso area thereby improving the function of the digestive system.

How To Do It?

  • Lie on your back with legs bent and feet on the ground.
  • Exhaling, lift your feet off the ground and move your knees towards your chest.
  • Inhaling, lift arms upwards and back while straightening the legs to bring the feet towards the ceiling.
  • Exhaling, move arms downwards, placing arms back to the side of the body, and bend the knees to return to your chest.
  • Repeat 4 times.
  • To end, place feet back on the ground while inhaling to return to starting position.

Anxiety/Stress

Uttanasana Variation

These forward bends emphasize the action of exhalation, psychologically allowing you to release tension.

How To Do It?

  • Sit on a chair with knees bent at 90°. Feet are planted on the ground and hands are by your side.
  • Inhaling, raise arms forward and upward.
  • Exhaling, bend forward to lengthen the spine. Your neck is in line with the spine and your abdomen is drawn in.
  • Inhaling, raise arms to your ear level and extend spine while coming up. - Exhaling, lower arms down to the starting position.
  • Repeat this 4 times.

Meditation

Meditation helps develop the ability to focus, control the mind, and cultivate self-awareness. It helps you maintain balance and composure in trying situations.
  • Sit in an easy pose on the floor or in a chair with your spine straight.
  • Look at the tip of your nose.
  • Bring your hands to the centre of your chest, with the tips of thumbs and fingers touching each other. There is a space between your palms, and your fingertips are pointing upward.
  • Breathe 4 complete breaths per minute in the following manner: Inhale for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, exhale for 5 seconds. All breathing is done through your nose. Do this for a total of 11 minutes.
  • To end, inhale deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds, and exhale. Repeat 2 more times.
 

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