Restorative Yoga For Digestion. ‘Tis The Season!

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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Proper digestion is integral to balanced holistic health and is at the heart of our body’s energetic regulation. When it is all working correctly, throughout the day our digestive system is ingesting food, secreting fluids, breaking down and digesting fiber, absorbing nutrients and defecating waste. When the system is not working optimally we harbor toxins and waste which can cause a constellation of maladies like bloating, nausea, sluggishness, or general discomfort. At worst, i an over-taxed or improperly functioning digestive system can lead to serious illness or disease.

Obviously a conscious diet and good hydration are the first steps in maintaining a healthy functioning system. But as the holidays quickly approach and the parties and meals become more abundant and celebratory our digestive systems can use more help in keeping up with increased demand.

Restorative Yoga is a tailored, supported, restful practice that awakens our parasympathetic nervous system and assists with physical as well as mental digestion. When we drop into this mind/body state that reigns over meditation and elimination, we allow our innate functions to simply happen on their own. Not only does the practice aid in the physical digestion of toxins and waste products from our bodies, it assists in the digesting of thoughts, images, and incessant chatter that cloud our minds as well.

The Holidays are a great time to give yourself the gift of Restorative Yoga.

Following is a suggested Restorative Yoga practice specifically sequenced and designed to assist in good digestion for optimal functioning of body, mind, and breath. Try one pose or all of them. And take 3-10 minutes in the poses for the best benefit.  Leave me a comment below to let me know how it goes for you.

Wishing you true Joy for the upcOMing holidays! XOXO Melanie

Hero Pose (Virasana)

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Cat / Cow

Knees To Chest Pose (Apanasana)

Reclined Pigeon (Sucirandhrasana)

Extended Leg Pose (Paschimottasana)

Supported Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Reclined / Supported Cobblers Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Reclined / Supported Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Reclined Twist (Jathara Parivartasana)

Supported Savasana

Supported Seated Meditation