Upward Abdominal Lock (Uddiyana Bandha)
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Bharadvaja’s Twist (Bharadvajasana I)
This simple, seated pose can help with a number of health problems, including digestion and menstrual pain. It’s also easily modified for those who may have limited joint mobility; simply sit sideways in a chair, rather than on the floor.
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Head-to-Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana)
Head-to-Knee Forward Bend stretches the legs and spine, but can also stimulate the liver which aids digestion by increasing the body’s ability to digest fats and absorb essential nutrients.
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Fish Pose (Matsyasana)
For beginning yoga practitioners, Fish Pose can be modified by supporting the back with a rolled towel or blanket, bending the knees with feet flat on the floor, or keeping legs straight pressed against the floor. Like Bharadvaja’s Twist, this pose can relieve pain associated with menstruation, fatigue and constipation.
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Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose (Supta Padangusthasana)
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