Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Beat the Thanksgiving Bloat with These 3 Simple Yoga Poses

Feeling that Thanksgiving bloat? It's easy to overindulge over the holidays and feel bloated after a large meal.

Here are three yoga poses to ease your digestion. These simple postures are good for both adults and children, and families can do them together to explore a natural cure for tummy troubles!

1.) Wind-Shield Wipers (Wind relieving pose): this posture helps relieve bloating and gas pains. Simply lie on your back and hug your knees to your chest.  You can even rock gently side to side to get even more benefits.

2.) Bridge  Pose : this yoga posture stimulates the digestive organs.  Lie on your back and bend your knees.  Then lift up your hips, keeping your arms underneath you.  Hold this position for at least eight counts.

3.) Pretzel Pose (Twist): this gentle yoga posture massages and tones the abdomen and internal organs and is very beneficial for gas and bloating. Sit cross-legged and then bring one arm across your boday and stretch the other arm directly behind you. Look over your shoulder and count to eight before switching sides.



Since the above yoga poses work on internal organs, it is best to wait and practice them at least 30 minutes, and up to an hour, after a large meal.  If you feel bloated right after eating, try lying down and taking some deep breaths to calm the body.