An Exercise That Tames Tummy Trouble

April 12, 2010 at 4:02 am Leave a comment


Do you frequently find yourself feeling bloated or irregular? If you do fall in this category and are looking for a way to ease your digestive troubles, exercise is a significant way to tame your tummy troubles! In addition to walking and a regular cardio routine, the half spinal twist can also be beneficial in restoring regularity to your digestive system. Half spinal twists temporarily put gentle pressure on the stomach and intestines, acting as a kind of massage to get things moving. They also increase blood flow to your bowels, helping them function well, too.

How to:

Sit with legs straight in front of you. Keeping your right leg on the floor, bend your right knee and center it in front of your body so the knee points straight ahead and your right foot is by your left hip. Keeping both sitting bones grounded and spine straight, bring left leg up and over right leg. Placing the sole of your left foot firmly on the floor on the outside of your right hip (left knee will be pointing up). To begin the twist, place left hand on the floor just behind the left hip. Bend your right elbow and bring the outside of your right arm, hand and fingers pointing up, against the outside of your left leg. Press your left leg and right arm together, lifting your spine and twisting your body for 5-15 breathes release and repeat on the other side.

Benefits:

• Stimulates the liver and kidneys with increased blood flow.
• Stretches the shoulders, hips, and neck
• Stimulates the digestive system
• Relieves menstrual discomfort, fatigue, sciatica, and backache

Contraindications and cautions :

• Back or spine injury: Perform this pose only with the supervision of an experienced teacher or health practitioner.

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