Why I Downward Dog (it’s Not What you Think!)

I love doing downward dog. I love triangle pose and childs’ pose - but it’s not just for my muscles. It’s for my digestive system.

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If you haven't yet made the connection between what you're eating and how you feel - now's the time.

Obviously the solution when you discover foods that don’t work well for you is to change your diet - be conscious that the dairy/meat/soy etc. did that. Make changes and adjustments from there.

But one thing not everyone knows is that there are certain ways to MOVE our body that can help your digestion. A healthy digestive system in Ayurveda (Indian Medicine) is the mainstream of our well-being. In Ayurveda they believe the root cause of most of the diseases is inefficient digestion. The metabolic energy of digestion helps eliminate the body wastes and toxins. It breaks down the dense physical matter into usable energy the body needs, generates internal warmth and produces a clear mind.

When our digestive prowess is weak, there is not enough digestive power to metabolise food into energy. The result? More toxins accumulate. Thus stronger digestion is required for a healthy and clean body. An easy way to support digestive prowess is through daily Yoga.

How Does Yoga Help In Having A Better Digestive System?

Yoga couples exercises with focusing on your breath.

Breathing brings life force into the body and cleans the body of toxic materials formed due to wrong diet, unhealthy lifestyle & accumulated stresses. It creates balance in the body, calm in the mind and longevity rejuvenating the whole system. Poses for circulation through the torso can deliver oxygenated blood through the digestive organs, cleansing and refreshing them. Anytime you are in a pose that brings discomfort (through twisting, tightening the muscles or breath-focused to belly breathing) through the torso, you are improving your digestion upon leaving that pose. Even though its' a bit uncomfortable to do twists or poses that focus on the area that houses our digestive organs, it should feel like your body saying YES once you complete the pose! Feel that circulation flow, my friend!

Yoga for better digestion


Trikonasana (Triangle pose) - Improves digestion, stimulates appetite (and according to some yoga guru's, can help with constipation.) See it here.

Paschimottanasana (Forward bending pose)- Balances digestive problems like constipation. See it here.

Jathara Parivartaranasana (Reclined Twist) - Massages the abdominal organs, alleviating digestive ailments. See it here.

Ushtrasana (Camel pose)- It stretches the stomach and intestines, alleviating constipation. See it here.

Balasana (Child’s pose) - An easy beginner pose that massages and tones the abdominal organs. See it here.

Yoga – Making Time
There are more reasons to do yoga than not to. If we think of it, we are certain to get a list of things that be gained by having a good digestive system. Making time for it doesn't have to be a huge endeavor. If you can't make it to a class once or twice a week, try for 15 minutes a day at home. Make it a daily habit, and in a few weeks it will be part of your routine.

Every time we do yoga, we are gifting ourselves an opportunity to enhance our health. Keep gifting!