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Yoga Poses for Gas

by Lorraine Shea

About Lorraine Shea

Lorraine Shea writes about yoga, fitness, nutrition, healing, philosophy, art, decorating and travel for magazines and websites including Fit Yoga, Pilates Style and Country Accents. She teaches Anusara-style yoga and specializes in breath technique, active relaxation and therapeutics. She has a B.A. in English from New York University.

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While having gas is perfectly natural, too much of it can be embarrassing and very uncomfortable. According to Medline Plus, gas is caused by swallowing air that winds up in your lower digestive tract as well as undigested carbohydrates, various health conditions and certain medications, food or artificial additives. Several yoga poses can help relieve gas by increasing blood flow to digestive organs.

Cat/Cow Pose

Cat/cow pose massages your abdominal organs and helps relieve tension. Start on your hands and knees. Place your knees hip-width apart and your hands directly under your shoulders. Tuck your toes under so your heels are off the floor. As you exhale, drop your head to look back toward your thighs and curve your spine upward for cat pose. As you inhale, lift your head to look straight forward and curve your spine in the opposite direction so your seat rises. Continue for four more cycles matching your movements with your breath.

Thunderbolt Pose

The thunderbolt pose helps improve blood flow to the abdominal organs and eases gas discomfort. Kneel on your mat with your knees hip-width apart. Sit back on your heels comfortably. Lengthen your spine and relax your shoulders. Rest your hands on your lap and focus on your breath. Thunderbolt pose is also good for meditation.

Staff Pose

Staff pose aids in digestion by toning the abdominal organs and reducing flatulence, according to world-renowned yoga teacher B.K.S. Iyengar. Sit on your yoga mat with your legs straight out in front of you. Place your hands next to your hips with your fingers facing forward. Hold for about 30 seconds keeping your back tall and your abs engaged.

Torso Twist

This twisting pose massages and tones your abdominal muscles. From the staff pose, place your hands behind you. Bend your knees and, keeping your legs together, move your shins to your left. Your knees and thighs face forward. Focus on your breath. Rest the front of your left ankle on the arch of your right foot. Stretch your spine upward and hold for a few breaths. As you exhale, turn your head, chest and abdomen to your right. Your left hand rests on your right knee; your right palm rests flat on the floor behind your seat. Look over your right shoulder and hold for one minute. Repeat on your left side.

Wind Release Pose

True to its name, wind-relieving pose helps rid your body of excess air. Lie on your back with your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your right knee up to your chest and hold onto your shin with your fingers interlaced. Gently, lift your head up toward your knee. Try to touch your nose to your knee. Hold for up to 30 seconds. Breathe slowly and fully. Repeat on your left leg. You can also do this pose with both knees bent at the same time.

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