We all overeat sometimes and we feel bloated and not able to function. This things happen to all of us all the time, and even when we say we will never repeat the same mistake again, dinner parties, holidays and family meals mean that we are bound to feel bloated at least a few times a year.
However, overeating is not the only reason you feel bloated.
Other things that can make you feel bloated are eating rich fatty meats, eating foods like beans and dairy, eating too quickly and swallowing air.
6 Yoga Poses To Relieve Bloating
Forget the fetal position, these 6 Yoga poses will heal that sore tummy in no time and you’ll also feel your blood pumping.
- Chair Pose (uttkatasana)
For this pose, you should stand up with your feet at hips widh aparat and spread your toes wide facing forward. After that, clench your butt and squat backwards as if you’re trying to sit on a chair. Keep your knees in the position directly above your ankles. While you are lowering yourself down, lift your hands above your head widh apart with your shoulders. Your arms and back should make a straight line. Stay in this position for 30 seconds.
- Legs Up The wall
Eventhough this position may seem strange to you, it can help you get your blood flowing and lymph back to your digestive tract. Put a mat beside a wall, lie on your back with your butt against the wall with your legs straight up the wall. Your arms should be placed beside your body and don’t forget to breathe deeply. Hold this position for 1 minutes with your eyes closed.
- Knees-To-Chest (apanasana)
Lie down on your yoga mat and while breathing, slowly tuck both your legs into your chest. Place your hands onto your shins, just bellow the knees. Gently pull your legs into your chest as you inhale, and when you exhale, release your grip. Stay in this position for one minute in order to stimulate the muscles in your digestive tract which will help your stomach digest.
- Seated Spinal Twist (ardha matsyendrasana)
For this pose, you will need to sit on your mat with your legs outstreched and keep your spine straight and tall. Bend your left knee, making sure that your leg is in line with your hip joint and your left sole should be firmly on the ground. Keep your left arm behind your left hip when twisting your body to the left, and your right elbow against your left thight for stability. This position will help you to get blood flowing to your digestvie organs, so you shoul hold for 30 seconds and then repeat the same thing on the right side.
- High Lunge Variation
This pose requires you to stand up with your feet together and hands by your side. After that, step your left foot back straight, keeping your weight on your right sole and left toes, while bending your right leg. Then, drive your arms back to open your chest, and your hips should be facing forward. Stay like this for 5 deep breaths and then return to your initial position. Repeat this pose with the right leg.
- Bridge Pose (setu bandasana)
This position will help you to prevent constipation since it opens up your body. Start on your back with your knees bent at hip’s widht apart. Make sure the soles of your feet are grounded into your mat. Lift your hips towards the ceiling and clasp your hands together under your body. Hold for a minute while breathing deeply.