Yoga for Constipation

Many people practice yoga for different reasons, whether it be to tone, meditate, or to become more flexible. However, did you know yoga is a way to help with constipation? No? Well you’re in luck. Just a disclaimer, I am not expert, but I know what works. Over the past week, I have gotten back into yoga and I’ve noticed I’ve been having bowel movements 3-4 times a day. That may seem like a lot, but in reality, it’s not. You should be having a bowel movement after each meal. Let’s look at some poses that have gotten things moving.

Poses that involve side bending, or side bending period, energizes the digestive juices by stimulating the gallbladder and liver. This twisting motion tones the obliques, or love handles, and wakes up the abdominal organs.

This pose is a familiar pose and is one of the most well known ones. Down Dog allows the spine to tract, creating space in the body that’s usually compressed. This is a full-body stretch that permits a release of tension, adding to a build-up in the digestive tract.

This last pose really does it for me. Sometimes I have to stop in the middle of a flow to run to the bathroom. It’s similar to wringing our a wet rag, but you’re wringing out waste. This twisting pose massages the digestive tract to encourage detoxification, or a bowel movement.

These are simple poses for whenever you need to get things moving along. It’s always helpful to add in a little bit of yoga to your daily routine, even if only for a few minutes.

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