Digestion & Yoga, Yoga Practices to Support Digestion — for Health & Wellness Coaches, Yoga Therapists, Yoga Teachers, Holistic Healthcare Providers

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore yoga’s impact on the digestive system.


Become familiar with how yoga practices impact the digestive system and which techniques are recommended to support digestive health.


Describe how the digestive system is related to the nervous system and how yoga practice generally supports digestion. Provide specific digestion-related effects that may result from yoga practice. While particular poses are said to support digestion, explain what it is about practice that may be more important than which poses are practiced. Provide cautions for practicing while experiencing digestive issues. Name yoga techniques that may help to support digestion including breathing techniques that support digestive health and general asana practice modalities that are recommended to support digestion. Explain the theoretical reasoning behind recommending twists, forward bends and side bends for digestive health. Describe how the manipura chakra is said to be related to digestive health. Provide sample sequences to support digestive health and to relieve symptoms of digestive conditions.

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