Constipated? Try These 2 Easy Yoga Moves

These two simple yoga moves may help you get going.

Are you constipated? You may be able to get relief right now.

There have been several studies that suggest certain yoga postures may help to alleviate some stomach and gastrointestinal issues including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In theory, the poses massage the stomach and colon and help promote blood and oxygen circulation in the intestines as well as a state of relaxation throughout the entire body. This all encourages stool to move easier through your system.

Yoga instructor Melanie Hyman says that she is a big fan of the cat-cow and seated spinal twist postures to help alleviate constipation.

The goal is to get everything to move circulating fresh blood and oxygen to your bowels, she says.

Seated Cat-Cow:

  1. Sit in a chair with uncrossed feet & place your hands on your knees.
  2. Breathe in deeply and stick your chest and tail bone out.
  3. Breathe out and tuck your chin into your chest and round your back.
  4. Repeat a few times.
  5. Do this a couple of times. While you're still seated, put your left hand on your right leg and turn to look over your right shoulder.
  6. Do the same on the other side. You can go back and forth a few times.

Seated Half-Twist:

  1. Sit on the ground with your legs straight out in front of your body.
  2. Bend your right leg and bring the foot over your left left knee and place it on the ground. You can bring your right foot lower over your left leg if needed.
  3. Bend your left leg and bring your foot close to your buttocks. Bring it underneath your buttocks if you can.
  4. Place your left hand or elbow on or over your right knee, and gently twist to face over your right shoulder.
  5. Hold the pose for a few breaths, then switch sides.

For more, try these easy-to-do moves at home without any equipment.

Relieve tense muscles today with these simple moves.

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