Ramadan´s gatherings, where to start!
For many of us it may be the only month of the year in which we sit on the table with our families and share a decent meal. And that’s why we spare no effort in packing these precious moments with irresistible variety of plates, while of course forgetting to count our calories. The only bummer in this tradition is our digestive systems cry for help! It may support us in digesting the unusual amounts of food we stuff our tummies with for a day or two, but after that it raises the yellow card.
Well, guess what, this is another issue Yoga can help in as well!
Practicing Yoga in Ramadan is not only an amazing way to clean your energy, and enhance your spiritual rituals, but it can also be your digestive system’s best friend. Some Yoga poses, if practiced before Iftar, can improve your digestion, and help you get rid of discomforts such as bloating, gas, or constipation, acid reflux and acidity.
The keys for safe and effective Yoga practice:
- Listen to your body. It knows where and when to stop so don’t push it beyond its limits.
- Breathe. Awareness of breathing helps unblocking the emotions stored in our muscles, and allows a better flow of energy to our body. Also focusing on your breathing while making yoga poses helps with controlling the movements, which reduces the chances of injuries.
- Water. Yoga is not a workout that needs water breaks, but since it’s all about awareness and listening to you body’s needs, if between poses you crave a sip, take it.
- Always consult with your doctor before practicing the following poses if you have been suffering any of the following cases: Back or knees injuries, appendicitis, other abdominal injuries, or recovering from C- section delivery.
The following poses are suitable for beginners and can easily be practiced at the convenience of your own home.
∞Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose)
This twisting pose will help you detoxify your body by squeezing your organs, including you intestines, anything that doesn’t belong there. Make sure to do this twist on both sides of your body.
∞ Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose Supported)
This pose is great to stretch your abdominal muscles. It aligns the digestive organs in a perfect way to allow for better digestion.
∞ Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
This pose stretches and lengthens your abdomen to help and improve the digestive systems’ tasks and relieve constipation.
∞ Malasana (Garland Pose)
This squatting pose is great in relieving constipation. Since our bodies are designed to squat during elimination, in this pose the entire weight of the upper body rests on both feet and presses against the thighs, and this naturally compresses the colon which helps waste to be expelled more easily.
∞ Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)
Like other twisting yoga poses, this pose eliminates toxins from you whole body organs and permits more flow of energy to your abdomen. A bonus of this pose is relieving back pains and reducing fats around the waist and hips. Make sure to do this twist on both sides of your body.
∞ Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose)
This pose gives a wonderful stretch to your front body and its organs, and also increases circulation in the pelvic area. It also produces flexibility in the abdomen, which stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion.
∞ Balasana (Child’s Pose)
If you are suffering from any digestion discomforts, this pose comes in really handy; it compresses the abdomen and massages the internal organs, stimulating digestion and helps you feel better. It’s also an amazing resting pose between poses in all type of Yoga practices.
After you are done with your practice, indulge yourself with Yoga’s magical gift to the world: The Savasana which is the Yoga Basic Relaxation Pose.
Savasana calms down your nerves and mind, and it enhances the effect of the poses you practiced. Simply lie down on your back on the floor, with your legs and arms extended and your palms facing upward. Start scanning your body from head to toes, relaxing all its parts. Breath deeply and observe how heavy and relaxed your body is. Stay in this position 5 to 10 minutes.
When, totally relaxed and ready to get up, bring your awareness to your body, move your toes and fingers, stretch your arms above your head, pull your knees towards your chest, and roll to one side, then use your hands to push your body off the floor.
I bet you are now asking the typical question:
When will I feel a difference? It’s ok, we are only humans, and impatience comes with the package.
Well, while some people may feel difference immediately, it may take others weeks or months. The most important thing is to start, try to make it a regular practice, and you will soon experience more relaxation, vitality and flexibility. Let this Ramadan be the month you embrace Yoga.
Happy and Blessed Ramadan!
Interested in this subject? check this following Yoga for Digestive System Workshop with Yaroslava Belozor at Lotus Holistic and Wellness Center