Overeating happens. Especially during the holidays. There was one fateful piece of pecan pie I ate when I was a kid that I will never forget! Ugh.
The problem with overeating isn’t just the calories. It’s that awful bloated, heavy feeling that lingers as the food just sits there while your digestion slowly deals with the extra inputs.
I have got a remedy that will keep your abdominal area feeling happy and healthy. This is my all-time, favorite yoga sequence for keeping your digestion humming.
It takes about five minutes and really wakes your belly and all your abdominal organs up so they can work better.
This routine is from kundalini yoga, which is different than most yoga styles practiced in America today. Kundalini yoga uses a series of rhythmic movements, hand gestures (known as mudras) and breathing patterns to wake up the dormant energy that yogis believe resides at the base of the spine.
It’s a little unconventional, but it is powerful! I did this routine nearly every day during both my pregnancies, and my digestion stayed right as rain – that’s saying something!
To try it, sit on the floor in a comfortable seated position, and do each of these moves for 2-3 minutes. Each one creates a lot of energy—so when you complete one two-minute session, take a deep breath and hold it in for as long as you can comfortably manage. Draw up on your pelvic floor (as if you were stopping a stream of pee) and lower your chin to your chest to make that energy circulate throughout your torso. Hold the breath in as long as you comfortably can, so that you can release it without gasping. Then do the next move.
As you inhale, reach your chest forward and roll on to the front of your sit bones. As you exhale, roll back on to your sacrum, draw the belly button in and round the spine. Keep moving with the breath in this way for 2 full minutes. (If that feels easy, do 3!)
In this move, imagine you are using your chin to make a big circle. Inhale as you move your ribcage, spine and head to the right and back. Exhale as you move it to the left and then to the front. Keep going, moving with the breath.
Go clockwise for 90 seconds, and then counter-clockwise for 90 seconds.
Again, when you’re done, sit still and hold your breath for as long as you comfortably can.
Place your fingertips on your shoulders, with your elbows at shoulder height. Inhale a small breath, and then exhale through your nose as your turn to the right as far as you can.
Inhale back to the center, then exhale as you twist to the left. Keep going, for 2-3 minutes.
Finish with a final breath hold. Your digestive organs are now officially awake!
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