Unfortunately, constipation is an uncomfortable ailment that affects millions of Americans every year. Even people that pay attention to a diet with limited amounts of fat, meats and cheeses, have still experienced constipation at one time or another. Instead of heading to the pharmacy for a quick-fix medication that usually comes with painful side effects, try these yoga positions for constipation and experience relief within minutes.
This pose will relieve the pain experienced with constipation by pushing on the lower abdomen with the knees. Start by sitting with your knees bent resting on top of your feet. Move from the top of your hips forward, keeping your back straight, and eventually bringing your torso forward so that your shoulders and arms lie outstretched in front of you. Hold for 30 seconds and let the weight of your knees pushing into your lower abdomen provide relief.
There should be no doubt that this type of pose will help with relieving constipation. Start by lying down on your mat. Make sure your spine and tailbone are planted comfortably into the ground. Bend the right knee and bring it into your chest. Place your hands on top of one another on top of the bent shin and pull your shin into your belly. Repeat on the other side to relieve the bloating and painful gas associated with constipation.
In this position, start by lying in corpse pose. From here, turn your arms over and push with your hands and biceps to bring your lower body off the floor. Activate the core. Keeping your legs straight and remaining balanced, bring your legs up and over so that they are now behind your head on the ground in front of you. Let your bottom be the highest part of your body. Keep your neck steady and facing forward, with your chin tucked deep to keep this fragile area safe from injury. Hold for thirty seconds or for as long as feels comfortable and return slowly back to your mat. Similar to different inversion moves, this helps to create movement and stimulate energy within the colon and digestive system.
Much of the pain associated with constipation can be caused by an inactive digestive system. The active effort of these yoga positions for constipation will stimulate the organs of the digestive system and allow the process of digestion to move more smoothly and efficiently.