6 Yoga Poses For Bloated Bellies, Because We’ve All Been There
I am a strong believer in treating yourself.
Like, chocolate is bae, and TBH who am I to say no to a little bite of heaven?
But there are definitely times when you accidentally overdo it, and you're left feeling bloated and sluggish AF.
As easy as it is to leave your fly unzipped as you awkwardly stroke your tender food baby, there is a natural cure for your tummy's puffiness (that doesn't include popping a Tums).
When it comes to practicing yoga, there are so many poses that help to combat indigestion and the numerous unwanted symptoms it brings.
Your body is incredibly smart and detoxes itself each and every day, but sometimes, some mindful movement is just the nudge you need to rid yourself of pesky belly pains.
Hop on your mat, and try out these six yoga poses to turn your next food baby pregnancy test (yes, I just made that a thing) into a solid negative.
1. Seated Spinal Twist
This twisty yoga pose stimulates your digestive fire to blast the bloat and beat the pain.
Digestive fire is actually an Ayurvedic concept that teaches you how to enhance your natural digestion and get rid of discomfort.
Perform the seated spinal twist as an entry to Ayurveda, and you'll come out of it with a more balanced and happy belly.
2. Seated Forward Bend Pose
The Sanskrit name for this bad boy is Paschimottanasana.
Maybe if I say it five time fast, I'll sweat enough to de-bloat.
But really, this asana is no joke, as it stimulates multiple body parts, including the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus, all while improving digestion.
Make sure to always keep a flat back when folding forward, so you don't get any uninvited pressure on your lower spine.
3. Revolved Chair Pose
Chair pose is a difficult posture in and of itself (I can always see the light fade from my students' eyes when I add it to the class sequence), but amping it up by adding a revolved twist takes it to a whole other level of detox for your body.
Rotated yoga poses actually tone your internal organs -- including the kidneys and digestive system. This helps with detoxification, which improves your overall health.
Bye bye, bloat!
4. Plow Pose
Plow pose (Halasana) might look like a Cirque du Soleil move, but it's actually pretty simple to perform and feels so good.
This asana stimulates the abdominal organs, ovaries, bladder, and kidneys -- all while relieving digestive issues.
It also increases overall metabolism and tones your abdominal wall.
Say it with me: All hail Halasana!
Alright, I know getting upside down can be super scary, but if you're willing to try it, a supported headstand is the absolute queen of digestive relief.
Start against a wall if you're feeling shaky, and always make sure to be safe and listen to your body in inversions.
Believe me, when I first started out, I always asked my brother to spot me.
Digestive duo, amirite? (I really hope he's not reading this.)
6. Spinal Twist
Wrap up your routine by laying down (phew!).
This relaxed spine twist will leave you feeling focused and energized while detoxifying your entire system.
Spinal twists encourage the flow of fresh blood to your digestive organs, while massaging your abdominal organs and eliminating toxins.
Peace out, puffiness. See you never.