Healthy food and physical activity boost metabolism and digestion. But did you know that also Yoga contributes to a healthy metabolism? Following postures give you well-being at the outside as well as from the inside.
The term metabolism sums up all the biochemical processes in the human body and therefore is the base for all important activities and cooperation work of the organs.
Each foodproduct that we are taking in is dissected in its smallest parts in order to filter the most important nutrients out and change it in a way so our body can use it for its purposes.
The most common diseases which resulting from a defective metabolism are overweight, diabetes (type I+II), defections of the thyroid and all diseases concering the intestine.
A slow metabolism becomes noticable in terms of earning weight very quickly, sleepiness and indigestion.
Decomposition of the nutrients in the food already starts while eating. Slow eating and proper chewing are the first steps to relieve the upcoming digestion processes and metabolism in general.
But also physicial activities are essential for a smooth metabolism.
While practising Yoga you train all muscle parts in a smooth way. A strong muscle structure increases the basal energy rate at the moment you are actually moving as well as during relaxation.
In the following I put some asanas together which will support the work of your organs and therefore promote the processes of digestion and metabolism if you practise it constantly.
Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose
This asana softly massages the lower abdomen and is a good preparation for stronger backbends such as Bow pose which you will find later in this article.
Start in prone position placing your forhead on the ground.
Lay your hands just below your ellbows creating a right angle.
Activate your core by pressing your pubis bone firmly into the mat.
Inhale: Lift your chest maintaining the ellbows close to the ribs.
Stay in this position for a few very deep breaths feeling how each breath expands the abdominal area.
Dhanurasana – Bow Pose
Bow Pose opens the heart area. By deeply breathing its stimulating the organs laying in the lower part of the abdomen. This intensive backbend should not be practised if you are suffering from any back issues or during preganancy!
Bend your knees and grab the outer edges of your ankles. Activate your abdominal muscles to support your lower back in this backbend.
Inhale: Pull yourself up by pushing the feet into your hands. Head, shoulders and chest should be lifted now.
Maintaining the tension in your core stay here and breathe from the area of your stomach all the way up into the heart.
Halte die Bauchmuskulatur auf Spannung und atme fünf Mal tief vom Bauch bis zum Herzen.
Wenn du dich hier wohlfühlst, kannst du über den unteren Bauch sanft auf und abschaukeln, um dem Unterleib und den Verdauungsorganen eine extra Massage zu geben.
Contraction in three legged Dog
In this dynamic version of Downward Facing Dog you give a massage to the abdominal wall and the organs laying underneath. The dynamical movement stimulate the functioning of the intestine and therefore improve processes of metabolism and digestion.
Start in Downward Facing Dog.
Inhale: Lift your right leg up high maintaining your hips square.
Exhale: Bend your right knee and pull it close to your belly while rounding your upper back.
Repeat this movement three times in your pace of breath before you switch sides.
Matsyendrasana – Seated Twist
In Yoga twisting poses are very popular since they benefit the spine and give a good massage to each abdominal viscus if deep breathing is performed while holding the posture.
Start in a seated position with your spine straight. Bend your left knee to the side and place your right foot at the outer edge of that thigh. If your right buttox lifts place the right foot in front of the left knee instead. In this pose it is very important that your pelvs is grounded properly so you have the right base for your spine to be straigth.
Hug your right knee and straighten your spine as much as you can.
Inhale: Lift your right arm so you can stretch your back even more.
Exhale: Turn to the right and place your right hand behind your pelvis. Try to maintain your pelvis stable and the spine long.
Inhale: Lift your left arm up.
Exhale: Hug your right knee with the left arm to get deeper into the twist.
Keep your thigh as close to your belly as you can and deep breathly a couple of times until your slowly turn back and switch sides.
Apanasana – Knee-to-Chest-Pose
This asana stimulates Apana Vayu. In Yoga you call this the wind which is responsible for the releasing of toxins in the body.
Lay on your back.
Firmly tilt your chin down to your chest and move the shoulders away from your ears.
Exhale: Grab both knees and hug your thighs close to the belly.
Try to maintain your lower back flat on the ground.
Stay here and breathe as deep as you can. Try to pull the thighs closer to the abdomen with every exhalation.
If you are suffering from urgent digestion problems you can dynamically move your legs by pulling them closer while exhaling and pushing them away while inhaling.