Whether the culprit is a big meal, rich food, or something more serious like IBD, bloating and indigestion never feel good. "I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in my early 20's," says Govind Das, Kirtan musician and owner of Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica. "After months of crippling sickness and spending eight days in the hospital receiving blood transfusions, I was told I would be on medication to control my Inflammatory Bowel Disease for the rest of my life. But when I took a friend’s suggestion and attended my first yoga class, I knew I had found my path. Through Bhakti Yoga, asana, and Ayurveda, I've been completely medication-free for 11+ years."
With a combination of deep breathing, stretches that target abdominal organs, and twists that massage and wring out stuck intestinal toxins, this sequence relieves a wide range of digestive discomfort (think: gas, bloating, constipation). And the best part? With better digestion comes more energy.