Beat indigestion with yoga

Yogi David Olton reveals his yoga postures to help fight indigestion.

Wind relieving posture

Lie on your back with your left leg straight and place your right knee towards the chest with hands clasped around shin.

Inhale deeply filling your lungs.

Hold the breath and lift the head and shoulders bringing your nose to your knee.

Hold your breath retaining the position for a few seconds.

Exhale and slowly lower back to the original position.

Repeat three times on the right leg and three times with the left.

Revolving abdomen

Lie on your back with your knee bent and together above hips.

Place arms by the side shoulder height and palms face upwards.

The back of the head should be resting on the mat with chin in alignment with the chest so the neck is long.

Inhale deeply, and on the exhale float the knees towards the right elbow, place right hand on outside of left knee and turn chin towards left shoulder.

Hold for 5 deep breaths. Inhale head to centre first, release right hand and bring knees back to centre above hips.

Repeat exercise three times on each side.

Forward bend

Sit upright with the legs together with feet flexed.

Feel the sitbones, (the two boney parts of your bum) pressing down into the mat.

Inhale, lifting out from the hips and raise the arms alongside your ears.

Exhale and fold from the hips and reach your hands around your feet, (you can use a towel if you cant reach ).

Extend your trunk along your legs and bend your elbows out to the sides as you pull on your feet.

Lower your head until your forehead rests on your shins.

Hold for about 20 seconds.

To come out, raise your head and release your hands. Keep your back straight raise your trunk and come back to the original position.

Ideally practice every day, or three-four times a week if time is tight. Begin with a few rounds of the sun salutations to warm and limber your body before moving into the aforementioned asanas. Remember a little goes a long way, so even 15 minutes a day should reap benefits.

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