Healthy Yoga Series
Poor digestion can do more than give you a stomach ache or excessive gas; poor digestion can also interfere with the ability of your body to breakdown, absorb or metabolize nutrients from the foods you eat. One of the long term consequence of faulty digestion includes nutritional deficiencies; because when a person is less able to fully digest food because of an underlying digestive problem, they may be at risk of poor nutrition. The digestive system is responsible for breaking down food, absorbing nutrients and delivering them to the body’s cells. When this function is impaired, the body may not be getting the nutrients it needs for energy, growth and repair.
This may be due to many causes including abnormalities of the gut wall, an inability to produce digestive enzymes or an imbalance of gut flora. In the case of some long?term digestive conditions, malabsorption of dietary fat, protein, carbohydrates and a wide range of vitamins and minerals can occur. Consequently, what a person eats may not actually be crossing over from the gut into the body.
But not everything is bad news, if you've suffered from bad digestion although diet changes have taken place we have a solution for it: Yoga, as it may sound like a physical activity is far from helping with you digestive system Yoga has more benefits that what we can count, and everyday more advantages are discovered
Our Founder and Yoga Lead Teacher Javier Wilensky has multiple sequences to increase the gastric acid that helps digestion,
1. Virasana (Or Hero Pose): Angle your big toes slightly in toward each other and press the top of each foot evenly on the floor. Exhale and sit back halfway, with your torso leaning slightly forward. Wedge your thumbs into the backs of your knees and draw the skin and flesh of the calf muscles toward the heels. Then sit down between your feet.
2. Sun Salutation: Inhale, straighten your arms, and sweep your chest forward into Up Dog. Keep your legs active, firm your tailbone toward your heels, and press your front thighs upward. Draw your shoulders away from your ears. Look straight ahead or look slightly upward.
3. Balasana (Child pose): Kneel on the floor with your knees and feet hip-width apart. Press your hips back towards your heels as far as you can. If there is any discomfort in your knees, keep your hips lifted off your heels.
4. bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) follow by Adho Mukha Svanasana: Place your palms flat on the ground directly under your shoulders. Bend your elbows straight back and hug them into your sides, pause for a moment looking straight down at your mat with your neck in a neutral position. Inhale to lift your chest off the floor, Keep your neck neutral. To make a transition to Adho Mukha Svanasana work your legs to stretch and align your spine in a variation of Downward Dog Practice holding your body weight with your arms, shoulders, and core muscles.
5. Tadasana: Breathe in and raise your toes gently and try to balance your body on your heels. Stretch your shoulders, arms and chest upwards while your toes bear your body weight. Feel the stretch in your body from the head to the feet. Hold this pose for about 5 to 10 seconds and then gently exhale.
6. Utthita Trikonasana ( Extended Triangle Pose): Stand in Tadasana. With an exhalation, step or lightly jump your feet 3 1/2 to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, shoulder blades wide, palms down. Turn your left foot in slightly to the right and your right foot out to the right 90 degrees. Align the right heel with the left heel, Exhale and extend your torso to the right directly over the plane of the right leg, bending from the hip joint, not the waist. Anchor this movement by strengthening the left leg and pressing the outer heel firmly to the floor. Rotate the torso to the left, keeping the two sides equally long. Let the left hip come slightly forward and lengthen the tailbone toward the back heel and rest your right hand on your shin, ankle, or the floor outside your right foot, whatever is possible without distorting the sides of the torso. Stretch your left arm toward the ceiling, in line with the tops of your shoulders.
Enjoy this video of Javier's full class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdcHq8ncMtA