Yesterday, after an afternoon of back-to-school shopping with my family, we stuffed ourselves silly with pupusas at a local restaurant…and I am paying for that indulgence today!
Without getting into dangerous TMI territory, my gut’s not feeling the best on this otherwise lovely Monday. Between too much starches and not enough water, tummy troubles can plague the best of us. Since those Salvadorian goodies were my last meal before beginning my weekly 24-hour fast last night, I have no excuse but to guzzle all the water today. In an effort to get things moving, I consciously chose today’s practice to pay homage to my digestive tract.
Yoga is a great tool to aid in gut health. According to a 2018 study, a three-month yoga regimen aided in healing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms comparable to the effect of a high-fiber diet. As someone who has had her share of digestive issues, I try to include twists in all of my yoga practices:
But today, I think I need a little extra help…
Now, on to today’s practice:
The Instructor: Yoga With Bird
The Practice: Yoga Flow for Gut Health (20 mins.)
I’m finally featuring Bird on the blog, because those who are familiar with YouTube yoga know that she is one of the most searched instructors on the site. Her gentle flow is a no-sweat beginner practice accessible to most levels. Only a few Downward Dogs (Adho Mukha Savasana) and low lunges (Anjaneyasana) pepper this all-seated practice. This is a great routine to do, even if your tummy is in tip-top shape, but it’s especially helpful if you are experiencing any gut discomfort.
Here’s hoping I’m in better shape for a more aggressive yoga practice tomorrow.
See you on the mat tomorrow!
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