Simple Christmas Yoga For Overeating And More:

by Carole Bourne

Are you over eating way too much around this time of the year or simply eating all the wrong foods ?  Then I’d love to share one of my favourite (and extra simple) yoga poses that may well be the perfect medicine for your digestive system at this time of the year.  I know it works for me.

This yoga pose is called virsana or hero’s pose.   It’s fabulous for tonifying the digestive meridian in the body.

It also helps loosen your ankles, knees and hips.  An added bonus.

Depending on the flexibility of your knees, hips and ankles you may find it difficult to sit with your buttocks resting between your feet.  So, as you can see in the pictures there’s a couple of modifications with blankets you might like to try for extra comfortability.

If your knees are sore then place one or more folded/rolled blankets behind your knees.

You can also grab your calf muscles and roll them out and away from your thighs – this should create more space and usually works well.

If you‘re hips and buttocks are tight or your bottom a little bony like mine, sit on one or two folded blankets.  This will also help remove any stress from your knees.

The key is to feel comfortable  so you’re able to sit and breath into this yoga posture for around 5 minutes.

Tired legs or aching back from too much shopping:

Why not try legs up the wall for 15 minutes.  This yoga pose is great for fluid retention in your legs.  And, if legs up the wall sounds way too tricky for you why not try a gentler version with legs resting on a chair.  Still has the same wonderful effect.

Yogic detox tea:

Help your body out a little by detoxing gently each day with spiced hot water.

This recipe was given to me by my Ayurvedic practitioner.  1/4 tsp coriander seeds, 1/4 tsp of cummin seeds and 1/4tsp of fennel seeds. Mix with 1.5 litres of hot water.  Sip throughout the day. (Note: I make this tea in my thermos each morning, so I can carry it everywhere with me)

Yogic aura cleansing bath:

Cleanses negativity from your aura and removes chemicals from your physical body.  Soak for 20 minutes and repeat each day for 7 days.  If you start to feel dizzy or weird leave bath immediately as you have successfully loosened and removed enough negativity for the day.

I personally have not done this one for 7 days but a few of my friends have and all rave about how awesome it is.

  • 1 lb Baking soda
  • 1 cup Sea salt

Thank you to yogeek mama for the photo’s


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Kim Loranger December 15, 2010 at 3:46 am

Wow, what a great post! I’m just getting into yoga and didn’t know that hero
pose was good for digestion. And the detox tea and salt baths are excellent suggestions. I think I might give them a try. Thanks for the info! :)


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