Improving digestion with Yoga

A guest post by Tully Humphrey 

If you are anything like me you have suffered from bloating, constant cramping and IBS! I grew up all through my teens dealing with all this issues I got to a point where I thought feeling this way was normal… what a fool right? I suffered and still continued to live my life! This is until I found YOGA.

After my first class I felt lighter and less bloated. What I learnt was YOGA poses increase blood flow to your digestive tract and stimulates the intestinal action.

Yoga has been linked to a variety of health benefits, both physical and mentally, including the prevention of digestive stress. Yoga is also a great way to assist in the management of IBS and inflammatory bowel diseases, with anecdotal evidence suggesting it may help relieve symptoms of diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating and nausea.

Below, I have listed a few yoga postures you can do at home that may help with the above symptoms. They are easy, calming and enjoyable.

Forward Bend

Forward Bends
Seated or standing, bending forward helps soothe a hyperactive bowel. Breathe into the pose, and focus on relaxing your stomach muscles. Forward bends are really effective as they increase the space in abdomen and facilitate the release of entrapped gases

Dead bodyCorpse Pose
The corpse pose is a classic yoga pose and one that is beneficial overall to our health, it is a great pose for relaxing and de-stressing and can aid in easing a wide variety of illnesses.

Wind relWind relieving pose
This pose is especially helpful to those suffering from IBS as it helps to relieve trapped wind as its name suggests, this exercise works mainly on the digestive system so it will be beneficial to a wide variety of digestive complaints not just IBS and heartburn sufferers.

Spine TwistThe half spinal twist
Twists improve digestion and work the abdomen, which is a boon for constipation. Revolved Triangle is an excellent choice, but all twists have that wringing effect on the abdomen that supports elimination.

Cat Pose
This pose helps you to centre your whole being by coordinating your movements with your breathing, it focuses on the lower back and pelvic area.

Time to get to Yoga and get that Digestive system relaxed and calm!!

See you on the mat soon,


TL x

The images of yoga poses were found on Pinterest. If you know the rightful owner, please email me so I can link.


  1. katiepie1981

    thank you so much for this!! as a long time sufferer of the above mentioned afflictions these are fabulous!


    Thank you alyse! I have inflammatory bowel disease and now I know what poses to do at home when I have symptoms xxx


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