Yoga Poses to Improve Digestion in Monsoons
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The monsoon season brings with it climate change and many other surprises, especially in the tropical setup of the Indian subcontinent. The rains are a much-awaited season as the summers leave the land dry and hot and the rains cool it down with their rejuvenating presence, filling up all the damns, groundwater and soil. The lush green finds serenity as the people finally settle down after the burning summers.
The monsoons unfortunately also bring in many diseases as the climatic change tends to affect the immunity and health of the local populace. The number of disease-spreading insects like mosquitoes suddenly increases in number, especially in the modern urban pockets with the increase in pollution and population within those spaces.
Immunity building is a very important aspect to maintain a healthy life and the yogic philosophy has a lot to share on this aspect. According to the yogic philosophy, which, through understanding human biology, states the importance of digestion. Digestion of food is what gives our body energy to carry out daily functions. Cases of indigestion can be extremely uncomfortable and usually lead to a loss of energy levels and eventually immunity. So this monsoon, we will show you some yogic asanas that will impel digestion and increase body immunity.
5 Yoga Poses to Improve Digestion in Monsoons
Digestion is a very important biological process that generates energy to run the body. When indigestion takes place, it usually causes a significant amount of discomfort to the person. Problems like gas, acidity in the body, stomach aches, constipation, diarrhoea and nausea are some of the symptoms of indigestion. Indigestion can be caused due to many physical and psychological reasons which usually arise due to stress, erratic eating habits, change in water, extremely oily food, allergies, etc.
Yoga possesses the art of improving blood circulation and burning excessive fat which in turn does compel a better digestive cycle. Through better oxygenation of the body, the digestive system can be better equipped to break down these complex compounds we consume as food.
Mentioned below are some of the asanas that will help in improving digestion during this monsoon.
The Vajrasana is also known as the diamond pose or the thunderbolt pose. This is a sitting pose, which requires kneeling down and sitting on your legs so as to remove the pressure off your knees. Keep your back straight and meditate in that position as you continue breathing deeply. Deep breathing expands the lower part of your lungs and the oxygenation of the body leads to better digestion.
Also known as the bow-pose, the Dhanurasana is an intermediate yoga asana which stretches the entire body. In this asana, you have to lie down on your stomach and hold the tips of your feet with your bands whilst pushing your head up in the air. This stretch is amazing for back pain, increasing body flexibility, indigestion, etc. It is advised to practice this asana under the guidance of a teacher as the stretch should not over-exert the body, so as to avoid any sort of physical damage.
In the Bhujangasana, also known as the cobra pose, the person must lie on their stomach and thrust their torso up with her hands. From the waist down, the body must be in contact with the ground. This intense stretch involves the entire spinal area and necessitates regular breathing, which improves body oxygenation and boosts blood circulation. The asana also stretches the pelvic and stomach regions, and with the oxygenation of the body, the digestive system works smoother.
The Chakravakasana is also known as the cat pose and is commonly confused with the cat-cow pose or Marjaryasana-Bitilasana. Even though the asanas look very similar, their intentions are very different. In this pose, you come onto your knees with your palms on the ground in line with the shoulders and the knees. Then slowly arch your back inwards and then outwards with your stomach pushing inwards. This stretches the entire mid back region and solves many problems like sciatica, indigestion, backaches, etc.
The Apanasana is a supine asana which means you lie on your back with your face looking up. The asana involves breathing in as you slowly bring your knees to your chest, whilst hugging them in and then slowly exhaling while releasing your knees and bringing them down. 10 to 12 repetitions can be extremely beneficial as the toxins are slowly pushed out of the body through this asana.
In a nutshell, yoga has managed to seep through the practices of modern lifestyles and has inculcated many benefits that will help deal with both physical and psychological problems. The better the digestion, the better a person’s immunity. Yogic asanas that help with improving digestion show better levels of immunity which helps people become more immune to the diseases that spread during the monsoon season.
This particular article looks to shed light on only specific asanas that help with improving digestion. The asanas have been briefly described whilst providing some information on the benefits induced. The yogic philosophy holds immense knowledge about existence and hence is very logical in nature. The organic approach to wellness has gained much traction over the last few decades. Modern lifestyles have found their use in wellness and yoga studios have now become a common occurrence nowadays.
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