Can’t quite remember the last time going #2 felt like, well, second nature? While it may be tempting to reach for some OTC relief, consider hitting the yoga mat instead.
Can yoga poses really help?
“Movement in general is important for stimulating the bowels to help move the food bolus, gas, and, ultimately, waste, through your system, ” says Rebekah Gross, M.D., gastroenterologist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. “Yoga is beneficial also in terms of stress reduction, which is important in treating many GI disorders, but particularly in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, where the mind-body connection is of central importance.”
Since feeling clogged up can seriously suck, we asked Bethany Lyons, co-founder of Lyons Den Power Yoga in New York City, for some yoga poses moves that would get us…moving. So without further a-poo (sorry—couldn’t help ourselves), here are seven yoga poses that just might help relieve constipation, alleviate digestive issues, and generally make your time on the toilet a little more pleasant.