Bloating is a clear sign of imbalance in the body, whether it is hormone, overeating, or poor digestion. However, yoga can help to cope with this problem, because all processes inside us depend on our energy, and asanas, as you know, affect not only the physical body, but also the energy one.

During, it is important to count the lengths of inhalation and exhalation. In the book “The Heart of Yoga” by the famous yogi of our time, TK Desikachar emphasizes the importance of breathing, which can cleanse our body of both physical and energetic impurities. Exhaling breaks blocks and fights slagging, so to maximize the effect of the practice, try to inhale for 4 counts and exhale for 8.

So, here are five exercises to help relieve bloating and get you back into balance:

1) Inverted pose with legs resting on the wall.

One of the best ways to release energy blocks is to do inverted asanas. In this case, there is no need to enter difficult poses for advanced practitioners. Just lie on your back, press your buttocks against the wall, lift your legs up and lower them against the wall. Hold this position for a few minutes, tracking the movement of energy in your body. Remember to take deep breaths in and out.

This complex begins with this pose, because in it we let our body know that we are ready for changes both at the level of the body and energy. In addition, this position activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn triggers the digestive and immune systems.

2) Pose with knees pressed to chest.

In any matter related to digestion, this pose will be an excellent helper. By pulling our knees to the chest while lying on our back (do not worry if they are not pressed tightly, just continue to pull them towards the chest), we put a little pressure on our internal organs, thereby producing a massage of the internal organs. If you have accumulated gas in your intestines (which is often the cause of bloating), then this position will help to get rid of them.

You can pull your head to your knees, or leave it on the mat. Perform 5 breathing cycles in this position, inhaling for 4 counts and exhaling for 8 counts.

3) Bound Supine Pose.

Bloating can often be associated with a bondage energy. A tied-angle supine position can help here, which perfectly opens the clamps throughout the body, from top to bottom. If necessary, you can use pillows or blocks by placing them under your open knees.

Spread your arms wide and breathe deeply into your lower abdomen. Allow the energy released in the previous postures to spread freely throughout your body. On inhalation, the stomach inflates, rising up. On exhalation, it relaxes, falling to the spine.

4) Child’s pose.

In fact, this asana is position # 2 (“knees to chest”) in reverse: The child’s pose has a similar effect and works with the same energy. Sometimes this position is performed with knees wide apart, in our case, keep them together. Then lower your buttocks to your heels and your stomach to your hips. Hands shoulder-width apart lie in front of the body on the rug. The elbows can be left hanging, or they can also be lowered to the floor.

If necessary, you can enhance the effect of the pose by placing a blanket under the buttocks, since the most important thing here is to apply slight but tangible pressure on the internal organs in order to remove blocks, free up space for the movement of energy and bring our body into a state of balance.

5) Lying on your stomach.

This pose is very simple, but it has an extremely beneficial effect on our digestive system. Lie on your stomach, place your hands along your body, or palm on palm under your face. The forehead can be lowered onto your hands, or your head can be turned to the side. Concentrate all your attention on the breath, watching how the belly moves. Notice how this body position creates natural pressure on the internal organs, massaging them.

If you want to enhance the effect, place a rolled blanket under your belly near your navel. If this causes discomfort, straighten or remove the blanket. You can also place a pillow under your feet.

Bloating is often temporary and can be alleviated by proper nutrition and yoga practice, however, if these symptoms recur over and over again, it is advisable to see a doctor to diagnose the cause and avoid possible complications (especially for women). As they say, Eastern philosophy and Western science should complement each other. Most importantly, take the time to listen to your body, understand what it needs, and take the necessary steps to stay healthy.