Yoga is an ancient science or rather a gift to mankind. Even then, our gurus knew the working of the complicated machine of the human body. If practiced in the correct manner as per the guidelines given by the gurus, yoga can do tremendous benefits to the human body. It is not false when they say that anybody can do Yoga. No matter what your issues are, they are all kinds of asanas for each and everybody.

Dr.Hansaji Yogendra, Director at The Yoga Institute says that ideally, yoga is supposed to be practiced early in the morning. However, with changing lifestyles, we have resorted to alternate means. Since it is advisable to practice yoga on an empty stomach, doing practice 30 minutes before your meal is a good option. However, care must be taken that you don’t practice Yoga immediately after your meals.

There is scientific backing behind this, ‘not to practice yoga asanas after your meals.’ That is because, right after your meals, it is your digestive system that needs a good amount of blood supply. Most of the Yoga asanas work on the abdomen and the spine. Having said that, if we practice yoga after our meals, it would simply hamper with the digestion process. This would further lead to digestive disorders like acidity, constipation, etc.

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However, there are two yoga asana that works like magic to digest the food better and can be done right after your meals. The yoga asanas that can be done after having lunch or dinner are:

Vajrasana

Sitting in Vajrasana helps to aid the process of digestion as it restricts the flow of blood towards the lower extremities. This helps to keep the blood in the abdominal cavity where it is needed the most.

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For this asana:

  • Assume a kneeling position on the mat with your knees touching each other. Let your toes touch each other and the heels remain apart.
  • Lower your body and sit comfortably on the hollow formed by your toes and heels.
  • Hold your body naturally erect and place your hands on the knees with the palms facing downwards.
  • Sit in this position with closed eyes and normal breathing for 5 to 10 minutes.

Vrshasana

 
 
 
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This is another asana that aids in digestion by keeping the blood circulation and energy in the abdominal cavity.

For this asana:

  • Sit erect on a mat with your feet outstretched.
  • Bend your right leg and place the foot very close to the left hip, toes pointing outwards.
  • Take your left leg, bending it at the knee, cross it over your right knee and place the foot near the outside of your right hip.
  • Align the knees on top of each other, as much as possible.
  • Clasp the fingers and place them on your upper knee.
  • Keep your body erect and shoulders relaxed.
  • You can repeat the asana by reversing the position of the legs.

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If you want to walk after your meals, it is advisable to do so after 15 to 20 minutes of your meal. Until then, you must practice these two yoga asanas to accelerate the digestive process.

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