Regular practice of particular yoga postures boosts digestion effectiveness, according to WomenFitness.net, the online women’s fitness publication. A range of yoga styles that include these presents consist of Hatha or classical yoga such as Integral, Sivananda and Iyengar. More extensive, flow-oriented Vinyasa classes make use of these postures, as do Bikram, or hot yoga, classes. Bikram design courses heat spaces to 105 degrees to increase flexibility and detoxing, according to BikramYoga.com.

Yoga Basics

Yoga, an ancient Indian system, incorporates exercise, diet, breathing, meditation and relaxation practices. The Sanskrit word yoga indicates ‘to yoke.’ The practice of yoga brings a union between the mind and body to achieve a certain state of consciousness through motion, stillness and breathing. Yoga postures cultivate strength and focus, and also massage internal organs, increase flow, improve food digestion and get rid of toxins, according to HotYogis.com, the site of Tri Balance Yoga Center.

Lotus Pose

Because vitamins and mineral absorption requires oxygen, much deeper breathing can help enhance the digestive process’s nutrient absorption, says naturopathic physician Tom Goode on InternationalBreathInstitute.com.

Sit cross-legged on the ground. Align your back and relax your shoulders and neck so you are not straining. Rest your hands delicately on your knees or thighs with your palms open. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply.

Seated Forward Bend

Forward flexes ‘will offer a full, deep massage to all the organs of food digestion, assimilation and removal,’ says Dr. Jeff Migdow on Kripalu.org. ‘Postures that affect the small intestine promote the blood flow, helping food to be taken in,’ he says.

Sit with your legs together and stretched out in front of you, lift your arms straight up over your head. Grow tall with the back. Inhale with your nose. Hinge at the waist, folding-not curling-forward as you exhale from the mouth. When you’ve actually come as far forward as you can with a straight back, carefully release the arms and head. Lead with your chest, not your head, don’t arch or curve your back. Make sure not to strain your neck. Breathe long and deep for 1 to 2 minutes.

Shoulder Stand

The shoulder stand promotes the thyroid gland, at the base of the throat, which is accountable for processing iodine, a nutrient important to the thyroid’s production of thyroid hormone.

Lying flat on your back, bring both legs together and directly up in the air to form a 90-degree angle. Support your back with your hands, point your fingers downward toward your head, and root your elbows on the ground, hugging the sides of your body. Point your feet toward the sky. Concentrate on your breath. Hold the posture for 1 to 2 minutes and release slowly, rolling down to rest flat on your back.

Relaxation Pose

Relaxation assists decrease tension. When bodies are stressed, they launch a hormone called cortisol that interferes with nutrient absorption, says dietitian Dina Aronson, MS, RD, on TodaysDietitian.com.

Come to lie flat on your back. Spread the legs about hip distance apart. Let your palms naturally curve toward the ceiling. Close your eyes. Tense and release all the muscles in your body. Relax and concentrate on your breathing, however don’t require the breath, simply let it happen. Lie quietly for at least 5 minutes.