With all this great, sunny weather we’ve been having here in Victoria, BC, it’s not surprising that celebrating the season might have you eating and drinking a little more than usual. Unfortunately, for some, that may mean some more digestive issues as well.
After doing some research, I came across a video in Hindi by a man named Baba Ramdev. Although I do not speak his Hindi, this video highlighted some poses and a breathing technique that would be beneficial for someone suffering from stomach ailments.
First, Breathe (Pranayama)
Beginning with Pranayama, one particular technique Baba Ramdev did that is great for the body is Nadi Shodhana. The benefits of this practice include purifying the nadis (energy channels), lowering stress and anxiety as well as balancing both hemispheres of the brain. Here’s how to practice Nadi Shodhana:
Use the right thumb to cover the right nostril, inhale through the left nostril, then use your right ring finger to cover the left nostril and exhale on the right side. Then, inhale on the right side, and exhale on the left side. Alternating nostril breathing cleanses the two secondary nadis (Ida and Pingala). This breathing can be done with a specific number of counts per breath with a hold between inhale and exhale.
5 Yoga Poses to Practice
The below poses are great for helping an aching stomach.
1. Cobra (Bhujangasana)
This pose massages internal organs and aids in digestion and elimination.
2. Half Locust Pose (Ardha Shalabhasana)
This pose builds digestive fire as well as massaging internal organs for digestion and elimination.
3. Seated Boat Pose (Navasana)
This pose stimulates the internal organs and aids in digestion and elimination.
4. Knee to Chest Pose (Apanasana)
This pose is beneficial when suffering from constipation, menstrual cramps, as well as stimulating the internal organs.
5. Knee Down Twist (Jathara Parivartanasana)
This pose stimulates the internal organs, helping with digestion and elimination and also helpful when constipated or having menstrual cramps.
So the next time you are feeling a bit unwell with stomach problems, try this breathing technique and yoga poses to help you find some comfort and relief.
Author: Candace Ohle
Editor: Sarah Head