Yoga for gas trouble

(November 9, 2010)

I fart a lot

While the use of yoga for gas trouble may sound rather absurd and unconventional there are actual scientific reasons for its effectiveness. So, if you’ve found that practicing yoga has helped relieve you of problems of indigestion and gas you’re probably right. It has become increasingly common in fact for some people to very intentionally use yoga for gas troubles.
Gas or flatus occurs when there is a buildup of gases in the stomach due to consumption of certain foods or swallowing of excess air. It is a common problem faced by a large number of people. The gas is made up of vapors such as hydrogen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and in some cases, methane. The odor that emanates from the gas is due to bacteria which are present in the colon. The bacteria act upon undigested food and release gases which contain sulfur. There are many natural methods of treating gas buildup. Yoga for gas trouble is known to be beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of flatulence.
Certain carbohydrates such as starches, sugar and fiber are not digested and absorbed by the small intestine due to lack of some enzymes. Therefore these substances are transferred to the large intestine. Here harmless bacteria act upon the food and release gases. This gas is the eliminated from the body through the rectum. Some people also tend to swallow too much air due to eating too fast, chewing gum, smoking or wearing poorly fitted dentures. This swallowed air which contains oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen is released from the body through belching.
Yoga for gas trouble and indigestion involves certain poses that improve blood flow to the digestive system. This allows for proper digestion, thereby preventing buildup of gas. One of the most beneficial yoga poses for gas problems is Vajrasana (Diamond Pose). To perform this pose, sit on the floor with the legs straight. Bend the legs at the knees one at a time and bring them under the hips. The toes of both feet should be touching each other and the knees should be parted to form a V shape. Rest your hips on the heels and place the hands on the knees. Focus on your breathing while you remain in this pose for a few seconds. This pose may be practiced every day after meals for about ten minutes. Yoga for gas relief also includes Pawanmuktasana (Wind Relieving Pose). Lie on your back and bend the left knee. Hold your knee with both hands and bring it close to your abdomen. Hold this position for a few seconds and the repeat with the other leg. Then bend both knees at the same time and repeat the steps. Yoga for gas pain should be practiced regularly for best results. For those with gastric or stomach conditions, it is advisable to seek the advice of a doctor before performing any exercise.

Submitted by A on November 9, 2010 at 05:44

Yoga for gas trouble 

Yoga is very helpful for gas trouble as it helps to expel the gas by stimulating peristalsis and increasing blood flow to the digestive organs so that they can work more effectively. Try these pose to relieve your gas problem –

  • Vajrasana – sit in vajrasana for 10-12 minutes after your meals daily, this pose is very helpful in eliminating the gas problem. For this place yoga mat on the floor. Sit on the mat with legs straight. Now bend one leg at a time at knees and place it under the hips. Place both legs carefully in such a way that the toes touch each other and the knees are apart forming a ‘V' shape. Place your hips on the heels and place your hands under the stomach. Concentrate on your breathing while you are in this pose.
  • Pawanmuktasan – lie on your back on a yoga mat that is placed on the floor. Bend your left leg at the knee to fold it and bring it close to your stomach with the support of the left hand. Bend at neck and try to touch your nose to your knee, stay in this position for 30 seconds and then repeat the same thing with right leg. Then bend both the legs together and perform this pose. This pose will not only help to eliminate excess gas but also provide flexibility of hips and knees and reduce the belly fat. 

Submitted by S M on May 23, 2008 at 08:25

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