Relieve painful IBS symptoms with yoga-inspired stretches

Millions of people around the world are suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), a condition which is more common in women than men. It is a chronic condition which can be pretty unpleasant, and there’s almost no known cure that can defeat it. However, you should know that there are many alternative therapies that can help, such as the yoga stretches you can see below.

The stretches are specifically aimed at relieving the symptoms of the condition and thousands of people have reported incredible results. Continue reading the article below to learn how to perform them and relieve the terrible symptoms of IBS.

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Happy baby

The joyful happy baby pose will relax your tummy and relieve the symptoms of IBS. Go down on your back on the floor and bring the knees to the chest, then reach for the soles of your feet and stretch towards the ceiling. You can either hold on to the toes or the sides of the feet. Just relax and put your shoulder blades on the ground and hold the pose for 10 deep breaths.

Gate pose

Go down on your left knee and stretch your right leg to the side with the heel on the floor. Now, inhale and lift your left arm up, then exhale and lean the chest to the right. Rest your right hand on your leg and start breathing deep. Hold the position for 5-10 deep breaths, feeling your rib cage contract. Once you’re done on one side, repeat the process on the other.

Revolved triangle

The revolved triangle pose can relieve constipation and boost your digestion. Start by standing on the floor. Now, put your left foot 3 feet behind, then take the left side of your body down and put your left hand on a block on the floor. Stay in this position and inhale deeply, then exhale and revolve your right abdominal side towards the ceiling. The left side of your body should be facing the right at this point. Hold the position for 5-10 deep breaths and repeat it on the other side.

Deep squat

The deep squat (or malasana pose) will compress your lower abdomen and relieve the symptoms of IBS. Stand with your feet at hip-width apart, then bend your knees and go down in a squatting position with your back straight and abs pulled in. Try to maintain the pose and relax, and you should feel some much-needed relief soon.

Forward fold

The so-called uttanasana pose can contract your abdomen and ease your bowel movements. Follow the instructions you see on the picture above, and don’t worry about touching the floor. Just keep your back straight and relax, and get a block for support if you need to.

Legs up the wall

Lie down on your back near to a wall, then put your legs up on it like on the picture above. This pose can relieve diarrhea and help your bowels relax. If the floor’s too hard, you can use a pillow to support your back. Put your legs up the wall gently and rest for about 5 minutes.

Supported child’s pose

This pose will improve your digestion and treat the symptoms of IBS. It’s called the supported child’s pose as it looks like you’re hugging your baby. Go down on all fours and sit back on your ankles, then rest your upper body on a tower of pillows and cushions for about 5 minutes.

Prone savasana

The savasana is a resting pose and requires nothing more than knowing how to relax. Just lie down on your stomach on the floor with your feet elevated on a cushion for 5 minutes and try to fend off any thoughts. It will relax your body and mind, and treat the symptoms of the unpleasant condition pretty effectively.

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