Turn to Yoga to Help with Constipation!

Stretch it Out

Gentle stretching will help relieve your constipation. And, as a matter of fact, stretching and yoga helps to calm your consternation! Many stretches come from the practice of yoga and are called poses. You may already be familiar with yoga. Yoga is thousands of years old and has been used to help people with everything from calming stress and anxiety to pooping!

Try these easy stretches and poses to help get things moving along.

Seated Spinal Twist

Sounds like contortion, but it’s not! This little stretch will help wake things up inside.

  1. Take a seat on the floor with both legs stretched out in front of you. Make yourself a little taller by lifting your body from your hips.
  2. Cross your left leg over your right knee so you can place your left foot on the floor.
  3. Place your right hand on your left knee, and your left hand behind your left knee, on the floor.
  4. Gently twist up and to the left side, no further than your left knee. Really focus on the lower part of your spine.
  5. Slowly come back to center.
  6. Repeat, switching your legs and stretching to the other side.

Free Wind (also called “Child’s Pose”)

“Passing wind” is a charming way to say “passing gas,” which is much better than saying, “Dude, I just farted.” Often when you are constipated, your belly will feel full and bloated because gas gets trapped inside as well.

  1. Lie down on the floor, on your back.
  2. Bend one leg from the knee and bring it up to your chest.
  3. Hold your bent leg, all cozied up to your body, with both of your hands.
  4. Breathe.
  5. Stay in this posture for a little while.
  6. Repeat this pose with your other leg.

Happy Baby

One of our favorites, this pose makes us happy not only because of its name, but also because it’s fun to do, and it works so well.

  1. Lie down on the floor, on your back.
  2. Bend both knees into your chest, toward your chin.
  3. Open your knees, bringing them towards your armpits.
  4. Raise your head without straining your neck.
  5. Keeping your knees snug to your body, raise your feet to the ceiling and flex them (the opposite of pointing them).
  6. Now reach up with your hands and grab the outer edges of your feet just like a baby.
  7. Hold this pose for a few minutes. Giggle like a baby if you’re in the mood.

 

ExerciseDavid Kennedy