5 Yoga Poses To Help Ease Constipation

by DailyYogaReflections on June 8, 2014

5 Yoga Poses To Help Ease Constipation


Yoga is known to have many benefits such as relieving stress, improving balance, stamina, energy, and flexibility. Recent studies have shown that yoga can also aid in easing constipation. Here are 5 poses that aid in relieving constipation:


1. Baddha Konasana

You need to start the position on a seated position then bring together the soles of your feet and let your knees drop open to your sides. Drawing your heels close towards your groin, you should interlace your hands around your feet and sit tall in your spine.

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You should then flutter your legs quickly in order to stimulate your lymphatic system. After fluttering, you should inhale and lengthen your spine. You should then exhale and fold forward with your back flat. You should hold in this position for 5-10 breaths.


2. Ardha Matsyendrasana

You should start the pose in a seated position then cross your right foot to the outside of the left thigh. You should then bend your left knee and draw your heel towards yourself while sitting down between your feet.

ardha matsyendrasana

Hooking your right arm around your right knee and hugging it close to you, you should stretch your right outer hip and glute. You should then release your left hand to the mat behind your back.

While inhaling you should lengthen your spine then exhale and twist by looking over your back shoulder. You should hold in this position for 5-10 breaths and repeat on the other side.


3. Pavanamuktasana

Also known as ‘wind relieving pose’ you need to start this pose from a reclined position then draw your right knee towards your chest and extend your left leg to the mat.


To keep your leg actively strong you should press down. You should then hug your right knee and relax your right hip crease. You should ensure that you stretch your left leg further away and hold for 5-10 breaths.


4. Halasana

You should start the move from a reclined position then come into a supported shoulder stand.


With your hands supporting your back, you should slowly let your legs drop over your head until your feet rest either on the floor, on a block, or on the wall behind you. You should hold in this position for 5-10 breaths then slowly roll down your spine.


5. Uttanasana

To assume the pose you should fold yourself forward from your hips then relax your head while looking at your legs. Reaching for your mat, you should bring your hands alongside your feet or attempt to grasp the back of your legs. You should hold in this position for 5-10 breaths.



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