Yoga for Digestive Health
Poor digestive health can lead to bloating, acne, indigestion, fatigue, or worse. Before you reach for medicine consider a yoga sequence that focuses on digestive health. Many common poses help our digestive system, can boost our metabolism, and even fight back against common health problems such as Diabetes.
This is far from a fitness blog, but over the past few years I have made a conscious effort to learn more about Yoga and it's role in creating mindfulness. Although I have no formal training, I have attended several local classes & workshops, I attended an amazing class with Becca Pati at the Yoga Expo in LA last year, have watched countless YouTube videos, and have read a handful of books on the subject. But overall, most of my learning experience has been at home.
I was practicing yoga only a few days per week, but with The Mindful Diet, I have been able to prioritize my daily practice. At first I recreated flows with familiar poses and picked up a few poses along the way. I set a few goals for myself and set out to learn more fundamentals of breathing within poses and the benefits of certain poses. A lot of my focus was on strength training with weighted yoga & building up to inversions; but soon I turned my attention to Yoga for Digestive Health.
Before you begin a daily yoga practice, it's important to set yourself up for success! Don't worry about what you do or do not know about Yoga, what props you do or do not have, or how flexible you are or are not. This is YOUR time to relax, get out of your head for a few minutes, and set an intention for your day. A few questions to ask yourself:
1. When will you practice yoga?
Write it down! Schedule your meeting with the mat in your planner, like an important appointment with yourself! And you wouldn't cancel on yourself right??
2. Where will you practice yoga?
Find a quiet, calm area in your home or even in your yard where you can go to practice daily. If you have some extra space in your den or space bedroom considering dedicating a corner where you can leave your Yoga mat set up with any props, books, or accessories you have. If your mat is already ready for you, you have one less excuse to skip yoga that day.
3. What do you already know about Yoga?
Whether your an expert or never even set foot on a mat, there is a Yoga sequence for you! We must always allow ourselves to be a beginner. Start at your own level and become more familiar with the poses over time. It's important to remember that Yoga is not a competition; you're not competing with yourself or anyone else in the Yoga class. Don't push yourself too hard, but also don't be afraid to try new things!
4. What resources do you have available to you?
All you really need are you & your mat, but if you're looking into learning more about Yoga, there are tons of free smartphone apps, and YouTube videos available to you! Look into classes offered in your area; I have often found free or donation based classes. You can also purchase books or videos, and there are several streaming companies that also offer yoga classes online.