Did you know that yoga can help you treat irritable bowel syndrome? Yoga has many health benefits for the stomach, and is regularly used to treat many conditions. It also helps cure irritable bowel syndrome, otherwise known as IBS.
Read this post and find out how yoga poses can help ease the symptoms of IBS, and even overcome the condition.
What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is a regular disorder that affects the large intestine and colon. The symptoms of this condition include bloating, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, stomach cramps, and even heart burn. IBS is unfortunately a chronic condition that you can’t rid yourself of. (1)
Causes/Triggers Of IBS:
Although there are no exact causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, the condition can be caused due to a number of factors or triggers, which usually include:
Sometimes food allergies can trigger IBS, as you may be more sensitive to certain types of foods. There are many possible culprits that trigger IBS, which can be fats, fruits, chocolate, milk, aerated drinks and even alcohol, among many others.
Women are twice as likely to contract IBS. Scientists believe that hormonal changes play a role in causing IBS.
Sometimes IBS can be triggered by other conditions like diarrhea or bacterial growth in the large intestine.
Sometimes, IBS will exhibit severe symptoms that are much worse than usual. This is usually at the time when you are stressed. Although stress can worsen your symptoms, it doesn’t usually cause IBS. (2)
So, how do you get over IBS? Well, you can consider yoga;
3 Effective Poses In Yoga For IBS:
1. Mountain Pose Or Tadasana:
The mountain pose helps develop balance and strength in the lower body and tones your thighs. Along with curing irregular periods and stimulating your reproductive organs, Tadasana is also quite effective in relieving the symptoms of IBS.
- Begin by standing straight on a yoga mat or on the floor.
- Your soles should be flattened and your feet should be slightly apart.
- Keep your hands on the sides.
- Fix your gaze ahead.
- Hold position until your feet begin to tire.
- Rest and repeat. (3)
2. Down Dog Pose Or Adho Mukhasvanasana:
This is an effective pose in yoga for irritable bowel syndrome and is also great for clearing constipation, stimulating gaseous release, and alleviating stomach problems. Adho Mukhasvanasana is also quite effective in curing irregular periods and it stimulates the reproductive organs.
- Begin by going down on your elbows and knees. Also keep your back parallel to the floor.
- Now raise your hips and straighten your hands at the elbow.
- Your knees and elbows should be straight.
- Continue holding this pose for 20-25 seconds.
- Get back to the starting position. Note that going back up too quickly can lead to injuries. Take care that you go back to your position gently.
- Rest and repeat. (4)
3. Happy Child’s Pose (Ananda Balasana):
This pose sounds like one of the most funny poses to perform. However, Ananda Balasana isn’t even half as easy as its similar named cousin Balasana. But it does ease digestion, reenergizes your body, and stimulates the nervous system.
- Begin by lying down on your back.
- Now begin to raise both your legs and keep them just above the stomach.
- Using your index fingers, reach out and grab each toe.
- As you grab your toes, force your legs towards the floor by bending your knees.
- Note that the motion has to be smooth.
- Sudden movements can lead to injuries.
Learn the asana here- watch this video.
Now that you know all about yoga for IBS relief, what are you waiting for? Perform these asanas and get rid of the nasty side effects and irksome symptoms of IBS. Tell us whether these asanas helped you. Our readers would love to know. You can comment in the box below!
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