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8 Yoga Poses That Can Improve Your Digestive Health Effectively

8 Yoga Poses That Can Improve Your Digestive Health Effectively

Unhealthy digestive system is a condition suffered by many but talked about by few. Apart from being extremely unpleasant and painful, digestive problems can lead to a series of other health problems since the toxins aren’t being defused from the body properly. The causes vary from bad diet, stress and an altogether unhealthy lifestyle. Looking for how to improve digestive health, many people opt for quick fixes in the form of medication such as laxatives which bring more harm than good since they are aggressive and can be highly addictive.

How to improve digestive health the right way

As with any other health problem, we should address the root of the issue. Busy lifestyles most often leave no time to focus on the right diet and stress free living, yet there is always a way to make the most out of our free time and dedicate it to making healthy meals and exercising. Yoga is one of the best ways to improve not only your digestive health, but its benefits also include:

  • muscle and bone strengthening
  • weight loss
  • body toning
  • de-stressing

Since it involves deep breathing, it allows your digestive organs to get enough oxygen to function properly. Moreover, since it requires activity, your intestines’ muscles become more active as well, providing regular food disposal.

And you can do it from the comfort of your home. Here are 8 yoga positions that you should implement into your daily routine if you want a healthy digestive system, and, as a bonus, you get to look and feel great as well.

1. Child’s pose

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    • kneel down with your forehead touching the floor and arms extended in front of you
    • separate your knees slightly wider than your hip-width and keep your toes touching
    • do 10 deep breaths, leaning forward as you exhale

    This pose will keep your stomach area warm which allows digestive juices to flow regularly.

    2. Bridge pose

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      • lie down on the floor with your stomach facing up
      • as you exhale, press your feet and arms to the ground and lift your hips as high as you can, your hands locking your ankles
      • take a few deep breaths in this position and slowly return to the beginning position
      • repeat 5 times

      As you stretch your abdominal muscles in this pose, your digestive system gets stimulated. Plus, your heart and thyroid get stimulated as well, giving you more energy and getting your metabolism in order.

      3. Downward dog

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        • start by kneeling down with your arms extended pressing the floor in front of you
        • raise your hips, straightening your knees with your arms still on the floor and your head between them
        • relax and take ten deep breaths

        This position relaxes your gastrointestinal tract.

        4. Supine twist

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          • lie on your back
          • bend your left knee and cross it over your right leg
          • press your left knee with your right hand
          • left arm remains extended with both shoulders pressed to the floor
          • breathe deeply for a minute and then switch sides

          The supine twist position stimulates the kidneys, abdominal organs, urinary bladders and intestines.

          5. Camel pose

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            • get down on your knees keeping your shins on the floor with your knees separated by one hip-width
            • as you inhale, put your hands on your hips; as you exhale, slightly arch your back placing your weight on your knees
            • continue breathing and place your right hand on your right heel, and your left hand on your left heel lowering your head behind you
            • take five deep breaths

            This pose helps to relieve constipation as it stretches the stomach and intestines.

            6. Triangle pose

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              • start by standing with your legs about four feet apart, arms raised parallel to the floor
              • point your left foot to the left and lower your left hand to the ground in front of your left ankle
              • gaze at the right arm stretched above your head
              • after a minute in this position, repeat on other side

              Triangle pose helps your digestive health as it alleviates constipation.

              7. Extended puppy pose

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                • get down on your knees with your shins on the floor
                • bend down slowly walking your hands in front of you with your posterior up
                • stay in this position for a minute

                As you are stretching your abdominal muscles in this position, it will help you relieve cramps.

                8. Pawanmuktasana or a wind relief pose

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                  • lay down with your back on the ground
                  • bend your right knee and press it against the right side of your ribcage
                  • keep your left leg on the ground
                  • breathe deeply in this position for two minutes, then switch sides

                  This pose is very helpful for releasing abdominal gas.

                  Now that you know how to improve digestive health. Get your yoga mat and start stretching!

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                  The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                  The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                  At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                  Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                  One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                  When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                  So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                  Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                  This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                  Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                  When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                  Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                  One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                  Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                  An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                  When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                  Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                  Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                  We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                  By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                  Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                  While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                  I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                  You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                  Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                  When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                  Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                  Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                  Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                  One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                  Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                  Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                  This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                  While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                  Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                  Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                  This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                  For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                  Con #4: Unique Distractions

                  Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                  For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                  To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                  Final Thoughts

                  Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                  We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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