This time of year, we love how the rich foods, delicious drinks, and good cheer are flowing. But whether big or small, decadent holiday meals can definitely leave people feeling a bit heavy in the belly. Believe it or not, a low key and calming yoga flow after your meal can help! Why?
Because the gentle twisting of your body literally helps food move along, acts like an inner massage for your organs, and promotes better circulation. Plus, the deep breathing also increases oxygenation and can increase your energy (so no more falling asleep during the football game).
So, if you’re planning on approaching the next holiday feast with the attitude of “Namaste in my comfy pants,” go ahead and indulge. Just be sure to try this simple yoga flow after your meal to aid with your digestion and relieve (or prevent) symptoms like cramps, bloating, and gas:
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5 Yoga Flow Moves to Ease Digestion
1. Cat Cow (Marjaryasana-Bitilasana)
Hands beneath shoulders, knees beneath hips. Inhale and drop your belly, open your chest, and lift your gaze. Exhale and round out your spine toward the ceiling, press your back into your shoulder blades, and lower your gaze.
2. Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Start in a plank position with feet and hands on the floor. Using your core, bring your hips back and up. Press your heels toward the floor and push your chest toward your thighs.
3. Triangle (Trikonasana)
Start in a Warrior 2 pose with your right leg in front. Straight your right leg, step your left foot about 6 inches closer to the front, then reach your right arm forward as far as you can. Then, gently rest your right hand down on wherever it naturally reaches on your leg (such as your shin or ankle). Open up your hips by reaching your left arm up toward the sky (palm facing out), with your gaze following. To revolve (twist) the triangle, lower your left hand to the floor and raise your right arm up, palm facing out. Try to keep your hips in line with each other as you do this. Switch to the other side.
4. Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Lie on your back with your arms by your side, feet flat, knees bent. Pressing through your heels and squeezing your buttocks, lift your hips up into the air.
5. Supine Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)
Lie flat on your back. Using your hands to help, bring your right knee into your chest, and then gently press it over toward the left side of your body. Let your right arm extend out in a T. Switch to the other side.
Give it a try: Run through the sequence at least three to four times. Finish with the fan favorite Savasana (corpse pose), and feel relaxed from your head to your toes!