The severity of symptoms varies, but they are often uncomfortable, embarrassing, and inconvenient.
These problems can be caused by several different things, from acid reflux to lactose intolerance or celiac disease.
In some cases, gas and bloating may signify an underlying health condition – for example, irritable bowel syndrome. Fortunately, there are simple tools for managing these issues when they arise.
Including yoga in your wellness routine can help you cope with gas and bloating. Yoga poses are easy to incorporate into daily life, and you can use them as a quick remedy for symptoms when they occur.
At the outset, you should understand that yoga is not for short-term relief of symptoms, such as gas. However, when you practise regularly, yoga can provide a long-term solution to many health problems, including digestive issues like gas and bloat.
Many digestive disorders may be aggravated by gas or bloating. However, many conditions can cause digestive dysfunction, and a healthy digestive system is inextricably linked to the health of the rest of the body.
Yoga has so many benefits that it is difficult to name them all. Yoga poses promote muscle tone and strength, improve circulation and posture, and enhance flexibility on a physical level. On an energetic level, yoga can help bring balance to mind, body, and spirit.
In this article, I will discuss some of the yoga poses that are particularly helpful for relieving gas and bloating and explain how yoga helps relieve gas.
Let’s get started!
How does yoga help relieve gas?
Yoga helps in relieving gas in the following ways:
- Strengthening core muscles in the abdomen- which are responsible for improving posture and muscle tone. Strong abdominal muscles can better support the digestive organs and reduce strain on the abdomen.
- Improving breathing- Deep breathing helps open up the diaphragm, which allows for complete and deep inhalation of air, filling the lungs to stretch and strengthen them. In addition, it helps reduce gas buildup in the intestines by optimizing oxygen flow to bowel tissue.
- Increasing blood flow improves nutrient absorption to promote gut healing and healing of any intestinal damage or inflammation causing discomfort.
- Relaxing the nervous system, reducing tension in the gut lining, and promoting a sense of well-being.
- Releasing stored energy and emotions. Yoga poses that focus on relaxation and deep breathing release stress and tension that can contribute to digestive symptoms, including gas or bloating.
- Improving circulation throughout the body could help improve digestion and relieve symptoms, including gas or bloating, by stimulating endorphin production in the brain.
Yoga poses to Relieve gas.
Many yoga poses help to relieve gas and digestion. They are as follows:
Viparita Karani is one of the best yoga poses for gas and bloating. It is also known as the Legs-up-the-Wall pose because you have your legs up on a wall or a chair. This pose relieves gas that has accumulated in your intestines and eases bloating.
It also helps alleviate digestive issues for IBS, colitis, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome. For this reason, it is sometimes prescribed by doctors to treat these conditions.
However, Viparita Karani places significant pressure on the abdominal organs and muscles, so it is essential to perform the pose correctly.
Adho Mukha Savanasana
Also known as Downward Facing Dog. This Yoga pose is situated at the end of your yoga routine; Adho Mukha Savanasana will stretch out your entire body.
It is an advanced pose that requires a great deal of flexibility. In this yoga pose, you will lay flat on the floor with your legs extended and aligned.
The Asana stimulates muscles around the stomach, legs, and thighs, relieves pain, and improves digestion in the stomach.
Pawanmuktasana, or Wind Relieving pose, is ideal for relieving stomach gas. It increases blood flow to the abdominal area and assists with digestion.
In addition, it is an excellent pose for relieving abdominal cramping and pain. The three benefits of this pose are increased blood flow to the digestive organs, improved digestion, and pain relief.
Balasana means “child’s pose, where ‘Bala’ means child, and ‘asana’ means posture. This form of yoga ends with stretching; breathing exercises are crucial to maintaining the body’s equilibrium and energy during this process.
The basics of breathing are that you should exhale while flexing and inhale when stretching.
This pose is a great way to relieve gas, improve digestion, and enhance your overall wellness. It puts pressure on the abdomen and releases pressure in the intestines.
It also improves strength in the abdominal muscles and improves respiration by aligning the rib cage with breathing. It also relieves fatigue, anxiety, and stress.
Paschimottanasana is a yoga pose that’s often done while sitting. It is also known as the seated forward bend pose and is one of the most basic yoga poses.
As the name hints, this Asana mainly concentrates on the mobility of the hip joint by flexing it. It leads to a stretching of the lumbar region and, in turn, tends to relieve mild ailments of the gastrointestinal tract.
In Sanskrit, the word “Supta” means to recline, “Matsya” means fish, and “Endra” refers to Lord Indra. Therefore, the term “Matsyendrasana” means Lord of the fishes’ pose.
Therefore, this Asana can be categorized as a modified form of Ardha Matsyendrasana, done in a sitting position. "Supta Matsyendrasa" mainly focuses on the spine and stomach as it twists and torsion. Consequently, many people also refer to it as a twisted spine pose.
This pose improves the flexibility of the spine and gives it a proper shape. It Improves digestion and cures gastric problems. In addition, it exercises your internal organs.
Ananda means bliss. It also means the divine abode of god. Therefore, this Asana is known as a Blissful pose or the pose of ecstasy.
Ananda Balasana is also known as the happy baby pose because it's a form of a child's pose where the practitioner is content. Yoga poses such as Ananda Balasana can be a warm-up before doing more intense yoga.
This pose relieves gas and improves digestion. In addition, it increases blood flow to the abdominal area, which assists in improving digestion, and is strengthened by the relaxation of the abdominal muscles and respiratory muscles controlled by the mind.
Halasana is made up of two Sanskrit words, i.e., “Hala,” meaning plow (a farming tool used widely by farmers in India to prepare the soil before sowing seeds), and “asana,” meaning pose. Hence, this is also referred to as the plow pose.
Like the plow is used to dig into the deeper layers of the soil, this yoga also lets you delve deeper into your mind and attain peace. It is challenging yoga, and you might take some time to master it.
To master this Asana, you first need to master your breathing technique and have good flexibility.
Halasana stretches the back, legs, and abdomen muscles and relieves pain and constipation. It also aids in reducing fatigue, stress, and anxiety through its relaxing effect on the body.
Also seen benefiting patients with insomnia, diabetes, cough, cold, asthma, headaches, sinusitis, etc
Malasana, or the lotus pose, comes from Sanskrit. I.e., “Mala” means ‘something round’ and “asana” means pose. Hence, the word “Malasana” means something round or a posture.
Malasana is one of the most challenging yoga poses and is usually recommended for those who have practised yoga for at least five years.
Also known as the Garland Pose, it is suitable for digestion as it helps you release all the gas out of your system that is blocking your intestines from functioning normally.
Supta Baddha Sarvangasana
Also known as the Bridge Pose, it is an advanced yoga asana that requires flexibility and strength. Supta Baddha Sarvangasana is a combination of three Sanskrit words, i.e., “Supta” means reclining, “Baddha” means bound or tied, and “Sarva” stands for all.
Consequently, the word “Baddha Sarvangasana” translates to all the bound or tied limbs in this pose.
This pose will open up your gut, allowing blood to flow smoothly and subsequently will help relieve bloating and pain.
In addition to these yoga poses, it’s also essential to take care of your diet before gas or bloating occurs.
The ideal diet is low in fat, low in sugar, high in fibre, and rich in natural antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. Eat more vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains.
Also, eat smaller meals four or five times a day rather than three large ones. Not only will this help prevent gas and bloating, but it may also help you lose weight.
Yoga poses can be incorporated into a regular wellness routine to calm abdominal symptoms, including gas and bloating.
By practising a few simple poses, you can relieve symptoms quickly and restore your energy and sense of well-being.
After reading this article, I hope that you are more informed about the importance of regular exercise, diet control, and simple yoga asanas to treat stomach-related problems such as bloating and gas.
Remember, it's not just about stretching. It's about doing the exercises and practising the poses consistently so that you can reap the benefits of regular yoga practice.