Wind Removing Exercise
It happens to all of
us at some time – the feeling of being bloated with trapped bowel wind. Yoga
exercises and diet generally help to keep the problem at bay but when it strikes - -
This exercise is a
variation of that used in the warming up sequence. There the aim is to loosen
the hip and low back. Now we change the breathing around to get those results
Lie on your back, legs
extended. Bend the right leg and draw it close in to your abdomen and chest with
the help of your hands. Breath in as you increase the downward pull of the leg
to press the thigh against the abdomen. The pressure will help to move gas up
and along the large intestine. The pressure may be enough to displace gas already
sitting in the descending large intestine on your left side and expel it through the anus.
Don`t be embarrassed, this is a perfectly natural reaction on the part
of the body. Hold the leg in place for a few breaths, gently pulling in more
firmly each time you breath in and so increasing the pressure.
Change leg. This time the pressure will help to move the gas down the large intestine as it descends towards the bowel,
and hopefully clear the problem.
A more gently method
is to use the heel of your right hand. Press into the lower right side of the
abdomen and then keeping the pressure draw the hand up towards the lower ribs on the right side. Maintain the pressure moving across the upper abdomen. Change
to the heel of the left hand as you keep up the pressure and slow firm movement down towards the left hip bone and in towards
the centre of the body, just above the pubic bone. This method can be used even
during a period of constipation (but look at your diet and maybe incorporate more fruit and veg etc) Even sitting on the lavatory this may help with difficult motions.
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