Yoga for Upset Tummies
I have a pretty icky stomach ache. I ate out for lunch, a semi-decent tasting Thai place, but that may use MSG as an ingredient. MSG=Super-unhappy tummy. Just writing about good things to do is already making me feel a bit better (I swear doing this blog reminds me to breathe every time I sit at the keyboard), but no vigorous practice for me today. This practice is good for general indigestion (gas, nausea, bloating, etc). If something isn't working for what's ailing you, however, you'll know pretty fast and don't push yourself through it. In the meantime, I'm going to drink some warm peppermint tea and not even think about eating for awhile.
Yoga for Upset Tummies
A semi-common misnomer is to refer to the entire abdominal region as the stomach. The stomach, however, is a relatively small part of the area between the hips and the lower rib cage. If the instructor wants students to place their hands, for example, by their belly button, it may be slightly more proper to use the term "belly" or "abdomen." I, however, will fragrantly and happily use the word "stomach" sometimes. This is just some knowledge for those who might end up picturing their stomach as this huge expanding organ that takes up more space than it ought to. Anatomy books make me excited and happy, especially the coloring ones. Check some out, if you have a spare moment.
- Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
- Nadi Shodna (Alternate Nostril Breathing), continue for 10 minutes
- Seated Sun Breaths
- Garbasana (Child's Pose). Hold for 5-10 breaths
- Utthita Shisonasana (Extended Puppy Pose)
- Walk arms towards right for side stretch. Repeat on left.
- Cat/cow in table. Don't pull belly button in too much; keep it gentle
- Vyaghrasana (Tiger Pose). Bringing knee and head towards one another on exhale, extending both on inhale. Repeat 10x.
- Repeat step 9 on other side.
- Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
- Vrksasana (Tree Pose). Repeat other side. (Note: Sometimes, focusing on balancing allows the breath to flow without getting wrapped up in "pain" sensations)
- Dandasana (Staff Pose)
- Paschimottanasana (Seated Foward Fold)
- Janu Sirsasana (Seated Head to Knee Pose). Repeat other side
- Garbasana (Child's Pose)
- Supta Pavana Muktasana (Reclined Wind Relieving Pose. Repeat other side.