Yin Yoga Poses to Aid in Digestion


The digestive system isn’t exactly the sexiest of bodily systems, but when it comes to feeling well and your long-term health, it’s incredibly important.

The human body is designed to take in food, draw out the worthwhile nutrients, and get rid of everything else, including toxins and bad bacteria. Without your digestive system, it couldn’t do any of this. And a poorly functioning digestive system can cause serious issues for your intestines, kidneys, and other organs.

Since digestive health is so important, we’ve found a five pose yin flow from Kim Stanley, designed to “keep the digestive system flowing on cruise control,” for you to add to your wellness regimen.


Child’s Pose

A fan favorite, Balasana or Child’s Pose gently massages the abdominals, flexes the body’s internal organs, and normalizes circulation. All of this helps keep the muscles that aid in digestion supple and operating efficiently.


Full Butterfly Pose

From seated with legs in Baddha Konasana, gently release forward into a soft forward fold. Hang out here for at least 5 minutes to loosen the connective tissue in your hips, legs, and back. This helps release tension in the fascia all throughout your body, which improves circulation. And your digestive tract loves good circulation.


Rock Pose

Back up again with Rock Pose, so called because it’s said its effect on the digestive system could enable one to digest rocks. For at least 5 minutes kneel and sit on your heels with the tops of your feet on the ground so that they press the nerves in the center of your bum. If this is too intense, add a small bolster or blanket behind your knees.

Please note that while we strongly recommend Rock Pose to help with your digestion, we do not recommend actually eating rocks.


Yogi Squat

Malasana, or the Yogi Squat, is the bane of the existence of some yogis while others find it to be a comfortable seated squat. Either way, it’s excellent for the muscles that aid digestion because the human body was actually designed to squat during elimination. Try to remain in Malasana for 3-5 minutes, in a position where you can comfortably unclench. Use blocks or bolsters under your buttocks if it gets to be too intense on your knees.


Supine Twist

We already know how twists are great for circulation, but did you know they’re also great for cleansing and detoxing the organs? The gentle pressure of Supta Matsyendrasana, or Supine Twist, helps encourage things along, digestively speaking. Be sure to rest here for at least 5 minutes on each side.


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