Easter Monday the 2/4 at 3-5pm
Wivelsfield Church hall,
near Wivelsfield Green RH17 7RD
Yoga for digestion! Yoga has been proved to help improve all kind of digestive issues. And what better time to give yourself a kick start to come out of winter hibernation then right after all the Easter chocolates?!
This workshop is suitable for all levels including complete beginners!
Join me for a 2 hour workshop starting off with a gentle flow, helping stored up fluids and other waste in your body get moving, learn how to give yourself a massage to improve the flow of energy in your organs and finishing off with a yoga nidra (guided meditation) to help your body get rid off all the toxins and release any stress that you might have stored. You will leave feeling lighter and energized!
Stress Management. One of the global benefits yoga has on digestion has to do with yoga’s effect on our nervous systems. Not surprisingly, our digestive systems work much more efficiently while we are in Rest and Digest mode. So being able to use yoga’s stress management tools to switch from Fight or Flight mode to Rest and Digest mode and to help us remain in that state, allows your digestive system to function optimally overall. Now, digestion does not cease when we in a state of stress, but chronic stress can lead to imbalances in our digestive system.
Recent research has shown that chronic stress can actually have a negative effect on the health of your microbiome, by reducing the variety of the microorganisms living in it as well as shifting it to bacterial populations that may have long-term negative health consequences. So using yoga to manage your stress levels will help support the health of your microbiome, providing benefits for the other systems of your body as well.
Asanas. In general, practicing yoga asana for exercise is beneficial for your digestive system as it supports good circulation to the digestive organs, strengthens the muscular supports around the digestive organs, and stimulates good elimination.
Static poses that strengthen and stretch the abdominal area help tone the abdominal muscles that house and support the majority of the organs of digestion, which helps contain your digestive system safely in your torso, and may assist in movement of material through the system. Dynamic poses that fold, stretch and twist the abdominal area can improve blood and lymph circulation, and create a squeeze and release affect on your organs, which may support improved functioning and stimulate good elimination.
Sleep. Using yoga to improve the quality of your sleep will benefit your digestive system as a sound night’s sleep provides a prolonged rest to your entire system, during which you spend time in the Rest and Digest state.
Mindfulness. By practicing mindfulness in yoga, you will learn to use it in other parts of your life, for example regarding what to eat. Many poor eating habits are just that—habits! Practicing yoga asana mindfully and meditating will help you tune into your body, and not to ignore it. And as you tune into your body, you may learn about foods you are currently eating that are compromising your health or notice poor eating habits, such as eating beyond satiety (feeling satisfied). Cultivating mindfulness can teach you to recognize:
- which foods are good for you and which are not (whether that means junk food or food to which you are allergic or intolerant)
- when you are full and don’t need to eat more
- when you are thirsty instead of hungry
- when you are eating for stress, not for hunger
Mindfulness will also help you start to recognize habitual thoughts that are getting in the way of healthy eating. You can then work on changing your perspective.
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