Yoga for a Healthy Gut
Aging begins in your belly. Digestive health informs every aspect of our emotional and physical well-being. Many of the breathing and postural practices are directly aimed at the digestive tract.
When an area is opened or stretched out in a yoga pose, new life-giving nutrients are able to circulate into the cells. In this systematic way, yoga poses massage the vital organs associated with the digestive system, stimulate the digestive muscles and increase the wave like movements in the body that are known as Peristalsis. Yogic breathing exercises send oxygen deep into the cells of the body and help it to absorb nutrients and excrete waste products thoroughly. Yoga helps to reduce the stress response, re-balance the autonomic nervous system and create a powerful relaxation response that allows the healing functions of the parasympathetic nervous system to occur.
It is not necessary to wait until stomach ache or irregular bowel patterns have dissipated to begin your practice; start as soon as you can.
Yoga is highly beneficial for people who suffer from these chronic ailments, but if you are recovering from an obstruction or surgery, you should make sure your body is ready to practice. If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome you will find yoga, no matter what stage of digestive flare up, to be very beneficial.
Some of us may have too much acid in our stomach. This is affecting our mood, which affects our secretion of hormones, which affects the buildup of new cells in the muscles and skin, which may mean we hold ourselves or move differently, which affects our muscles and our bone structure, which in turn affects our body’s internal understanding of what needs to be produced and expelled, which results in more acid or far too little, which ends in sleep patterns and energy levels, optimism and pessimism, craving and apathy. The cycles are endless as the cosmos. This also means you can begin anywhere, anytime.
Yoga postures and breath work massage the internal organs and the nerves associated with hunger and satiation; yoga strengthens the muscles of the pelvic floor and deep core; it alternately constricts and invigorates the flow of blood to specific areas of the body, which works to tone the fabric of the various body tissues as it maximizes the absorption of nutrients and facilitates elimination of toxins.