Bloated stomach, uneasiness and problems with bowel movement are a few of the major problems you might face when you have a digestion problem. It certainly affects your health and day-to-day activities and makes you uncomfortable.
The medicines that are available over the counters do provide immediate relief from indigestion. But how safe are these if used continuously over a period of time?
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Certainly, it does have side-effects. So what could be the best option to prevent and improve your digestive system?
Of all the tried and and tested methods, yoga is found to be the best natural way to improve your digestive system. Yet another advantage of yoga is that it comes without any side-effects.
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Astavakrasana is one yoga asana which helps to improve digestion. The word Astavakrasana comes from the Sanskrit word 'Asta' which means eight, 'Vakra' which means curved or bent and 'Asana' which means pose.
Initially for beginners Astavakrasana might be difficult. Strength and flexibilty of the legs and hips are required to perform the asana. However, with continuous practise it becomes easier.
Here is the step-wise procedure to perform Astavakrasana. Have a look.
Step-by-step Procedure To Perform Astavakrasana:
1. To begin with, remain in a seated position as in Dandasana where both the legs are extended in front.
2. Slowly bend your right knee, and the sole of your right foot should be moved near the right buttock.
3. Slowly move your right arm below the right knee.
4. The sole of the right foot should be raised off the ground.
5. Bring your right knee over the right shoulder.
6. The left leg should be made straight.
7. Both the palms should be pressed against the ground.
8. Slowly raise the left leg and see that the left ankle hooks around the right.
9. Both the legs should be made straight and slowly bring both your legs towards the right side of your body.
10. Take deep breaths and remain in the position for about a few seconds and slowly come out of the position.
Other Benefits Of Astavakrasana:
It helps to strengthen the wrists and arms.
It helps to tone the abdominal muscles.
It helps to improve body balance.
It helps to eliminate toxins from the body.
It helps to tone the inner thighs.
Those who have wrist, elbow or shoulder injuries should abstain from performing this asana. However, it is best to take the guidance of a yoga instructor.