It’s hard not to overdo at Thanksgiving…. and during the holidays in general, so this seemed like a great time to feature this yoga series geared specifically to help with digestion “post-feast. “There’s also a recipe for ginger tea, which can be used to calm the effects of too much food. AND an offer for a free brewing system my friend told me about yesterday for making the tea. Not sure how long it will be available, but she has one of the devices and loves it, and you only pay the $4.95 for shipping. So I ordered one myself. It would also make a neat present for a tea lover on your gift list. And finally, there’s a free qigong healing session coming up this weekend, so Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy!
6 Post-Feast Yoga Poses to Help Your Digestion
Why Twists? Twists are great nourishing and detoxifying poses to help aid digestion. Twists help massage abdominal organs and stimulate Agni, or digestive fire. Your body’s Agni allows you to digest food efficiently, and absorb essential nutrients from your food, according to Ayurveda. By gently twisting your body after a large meal, you encourage fresh blood to flow to your digestive organs. Twists can feel slightly uncomfortable right after eating, so be sure to twist slowly and gently.
How to do them: There are many yoga poses that are considered twists. Below are examples of a seated and supine variation.
Ardha Matysendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose): Sit comfortably with your legs extended straight in front of you. Bend your right knee into your chest and place your right foot on the outer edge of your left thigh. Wrap your left arm around your right knee as you slowly begin to open your torso toward your right. Place your right hand at the base of your spine with your fingers facing the back of your mat. The twist should occur within your thoracic spine, which is the upper area of your spine. Ensure you draw your right shoulder blade down your back as you slowly twist your torso. Eventually, gently gaze over your right shoulder. While in this twist, press your sit bones into the ground and draw the crown of your head to the sky. Repeat on the left side.
Supta Matsyendrasana (Supine Spinal Twist): Lie down on your back with your legs extended straight. Open your arms perpendicular to your body so your body makes an uppercase “T.” Draw your right knee into your chest; then gently draw your right knee over your body and release it down on the left side of your body. Gently turn your head to the right. Ensure both shoulders stay rooted to the ground. Hold for a few deep breaths. Repeat on the left side.
Uttanasana – Standing Forward Fold
Why Uttanasana? Uttanasana is one of the most therapeutic yoga poses for the body. This pose boasts a full list of benefits, one of the main ones being that this pose helps to improve digestion. This deep forward fold is a great pose to compress the abdominal area while stimulating circulation to your digestive organs. Uttanasana is also calming to your nervous system and provides your upper body an opportunity to fully relax.
How to do it: Start standing with your feet about hips distance apart and both feet firmly pressing into the ground. Ensure your weight is distributed evenly between both feet. Inhale your arms to the sky and slowly exhale as you forward fold. You can rest your hands on the floor if they can reach comfortably. You can also reach for the backs of your thighs or for opposite elbows with your hands. Release all tension in your neck and allow your head, neck, and upper torso to completely relax. Close your eyes and hold for a few deep breaths. Place your hands on your hips and slowly inhale as you rise to a standing position while engaging your abdominals as you rise.
See more of the series at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/6-post-feast-yoga-poses-to-help-your-digestion
Making some ginger tea is another way to help when you have over-eaten and need some digestive support. It’s also good for lots of other health issues….
Researchers say the active volatile oils and pungent phenol compounds, such as gingerols and shogaols, are what give ginger its power, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Tea made from ginger has high levels of vitamin C and amino acids, as well as various trace elements such as calcium, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, and many others.
Drinking ginger tea can:
- Help the body absorb nutrients
- Help alleviate the stomach pain
- Help with irritable bowl syndrome
- Help with weight loss
- Help fight cancer
- Help manage glucose levels
- Improve circulation
- Improve the food digestion
- Increases the production of gastric juice
- Protect against Alzheimer’s Disease
- Open inflamed airways
- Reduce arthritic inflammation
- Relieve menstrual discomfort
- Relieve stress
- Stimulate appetite
How to Make Ginger Tea
To make 1 quart of ginger tea, chop an unpeeled 2-inch piece of whole ginger into coarse pieces and place in a 2- to 3-quart pot with one quart of purified water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, allowing the tea to simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the tea and store in a thermos bottle or glass jar.
To make 1 cup of ginger tea, take a piece of whole, unpeeled ginger root and grate 1 heaping teaspoon. Stir the ginger into a cup of hot water and let steep for 2 minutes. Strain or let the ginger settle at the bottom of the cup.
And here’s a freebie from Immortalitea one of my friends told me about that would come in handy for making an individual cup of ginger tea. She has one of these brewers and loves it. All you pay is the $4.95 shipping, but it’s a limited time offer……
And if you need more help than yoga poses and ginger tea can provide with Thanksgiving over-indulgence :-), here’s a free resource I’ve mentioned before. It’s a free qigong distance healing session on the 28th offered by Qigong Master Michael Mohoric, former Secretary of the International Tibetan Qigong Assn, who was blessed with a gift for distant energy healing after recovering from a spinal cord injury……
There will be another free distant energy healing for everyone who wants to join and all their friends, families and anyone else who reads this.
The main healing session is SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28th from 6 – 7 pm Pacific Time or 9 -10 pm Eastern Time.
You can join this no-cost distant energy healing session by using your intention to be included. To join, just close your eyes for a minute when you read this and mentally say that you intend to join the session and want to be included. That’s all you have to do to connect with the energy; healing energy can begin to flow to you once you do this .
There will be unscheduled daily energy adjustments leading up to the main session. For those who want to know more about this work, you can go to the website
This is not a telephone or Internet session. All you do is just relax and sit or lie down during the session and notice what is happening in your body. Even if you are busy, you can still get good results. Because there are many people in the session, please do not email to join. There would be too much email to handle unless it is done this way.
You join simply by using your intention after reading this email. Because this is a big group I won’t be able to answer questions before the session and you’ll get the details you need in this email. Please feel free to email your experiences afterwards.
And one last tip, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) has come out with its updated version of the ‘Dirty Dozen (it’s actually 15 now :-() and Clean Fifteen.” You can access the lists here.
p.s. Ty Bollinger of The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest has decided to offer a free replay marathon of the acclaimed docu-series over the Thanksgiving weekend, plus a Black Friday sale on the series. I caught all the episodes and two Q & As the first time, but will probably re-watch some parts again. So enlightening and informative about health in general and cancer in particular. Two thumbs up from me! If you didn’t catch it the first time around (what were you thinking?!), now’s your chance. See my previous post with details about the episodes and where to sign up.
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.