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Yoga Poses to Ease Constipation

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Note from Joy: I've written extensively about constipation on Joyous Health, so it only makes sense to share some yoga poses to help ease constipation. 

My friend Michelle shares with you some wonderful poses you can do to help get things going in the digestive system. 

Yoga has many health benefits. Here are some of the many benefits of a regular yoga practice: releases stress, improves mood, lowers blood pressure, increases strength, flexibility, balance, stamina, and energy.

How does YOGA affect your bowel movements? As mentioned, yoga can help reduce stress which greatly affects digestion. Yoga also helps to aid the digestive system, and helps to relieve gas, cramping, and bloating. When practicing yoga we become more present and in tune to our bodies. Knowing how your body works and how it feels is key in recognizing whether or not you have digestive issues, such as constipation.

Many asanas will help with constipation, especially twists, forward folds, and inversions. Hit your mat and try these yoga poses that can be done in the comforts of your own home {where a bathroom is near ;) } to prevent constipation, to aid in digestion, and to get things flowing.

Baddha Konasana (photo below).

From a seated position, bring the soles of your feet together letting your knees drop open gently to the sides. Draw your heels as close towards your groin as you are comfortable. Interlace your hands around your feet, sit tall in the spine, and relax shoulders down. Flutter your legs quickly to help stimulate the lymphatic system. Finish fluttering after a few rounds of breath. Inhale and lengthen your spine, exhale and fold forward with a flat back. Hold for 5-10 breaths.

Ardha Matsyendrasana (photo below)

From a seated position, cross your right foot to the outside of the left thigh (or to the inside which is less intense). Bend left knee and draw heel towards you, sitting down between both feet (or keep left leg extended out straight on the floor which is less intense). Hook your right arm around your right knee and hug it in close to stretch the right outer hip and glute. Release your left hand to your mat behind your back. Inhale and lengthen your spine, exhale and twist, looking over your back shoulder. Hold for 5-10 breaths and repeat on other side.

Pavanamuktasana (photo below)

Also known as the "Wind Relieving Pose". From a reclined position, draw your right knee towards your chest. Extend your left leg to your mat and keep it actively strong and pressing down. Flex both feet, tipping toes towards knees. Hug right knee up higher as you relax the right hip crease, and stretch left leg further away. Hold for 5-10 breaths and repeat on other side.

Halasana (photo below)

From a reclined position come into a supported shoulderstand. With your hands supporting your lower back, slowly let your legs drop overhead until your feet rest on the floor, a block, or the wall behind you. Hold for 5-10 breaths and slowly roll your spine down.

Uttanasana (photo below)

Fold forward hinging from the hips. Relax your head, looking to your legs. Reach for your mat, trying to bring your hands along side of your feet, or grasp the backs of your legs. Hold for 5-10 breaths.

Malasana (photo below)

Squat down, feet hip width or slightly wider, toes angled slightly out. Press elbows to inner thighs bringing hands together in prayer position {anjali mudra}. Let tailbone drop heavy, lengthen spine, and press thighs open. Hold for 5-10 breaths.

Savasana (photo below)

Relax in a reclined position. Legs the width of your mat, feet flop open. Arms away from the sides of your body, palms facing upwards, fingers naturally curling. Close your eyes. Soften your body from the top of your head to the bottoms of your feet. Breathe organically. Surrender.

A regular yoga practice combined with a healthy lifestyle of whole foods, proper sleep, exercise, relaxation, and hydration will help you find your Sol Glo, ease your constipation woes, and keep you pooping in a Joyous fashion!

Light and Love!


Michelle xo

Ps. Do share what YOUR favourite yoga pose to ease constipation is below....

Gillian   •   October 2, 2012

Great post! Michelle is wonderful, hope to take one of her classes one day!


Kate Lumsden   •   October 2, 2012

Horse Pose or Goddess Pose held for a long time (at least 10 breaths) is a great way to encourage downward movement and help move bowels along. Works like a charm!

Joy McCarthy   •   October 2, 2012

Aubrey   •   October 2, 2012

I love this didn't know a few of these! I did a whole post on it too here with a few more! Thanks!!!


Wholesome Hedonist   •   October 3, 2012

I never thought of yoga to help with constipation...I often forget that simple movement can help with bodily problems! I will definitely try these - they are great to keep you moving while travelling. Are there any poses that are good to relieve headaches?


Michelle Vogiatzis   •   October 3, 2012

@Wholesome Hedonist YES! Viparita Karani (aka Legs Up The Wall Pose), Balasana (Child's Pose), Supported Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Butterfly, passively opens chest and drops shoulders), Gomukasana Arms or Garudasana Arms (release neck and shoulder tension), Savasana!!!! :)


Michelle Vogiatzis   •   October 3, 2012

Gillian, luv you! Can't wait to practice with you! xo


Michelle Vogiatzis   •   October 3, 2012

@Kate Lumsden Yes, those are fabulous too! There are so many, I just picked a few that anybody could try even if they don't normally practice yoga. Thanks for sharing!! xx


Michelle Vogiatzis   •   October 3, 2012

@Aubrey Awesome, thanks for sharing! :)


Liz (formerly VeggieGirl)   •   October 18, 2012

Great poses and information! Michelle is definitely awesome.


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Great post...Would LOVE to hear about some yoga moves for diarrehea....


Healthpundit   •   October 24, 2012

You use this yoga position in asian toilets.I think western toilets contribute to constipation.


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Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your next post thank you once again.


Reddy   •   May 14, 2013

Thanks for posting. That's a very useful information. Do they need to be followed in the same order as posted ? And what time of the day they need to be practiced ? Thanks again


wes   •   November 4, 2013

this helped so much! within a few moments I could tell i would be able to go! thank you for your help making me a very happy camper!


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JH   •   January 15, 2014

I finally felt relief after doing these poses. I was told I had an infection in my bowels and haven't been able to get relief. I did these poses twice and now I finally have the relief I needed. The laxative prescribed to me didn't even help after two days of 4 doses. It's been 3 days since my last movement. I am so happy!

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Great post! very useful information


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Michelle D   •   March 5, 2014

Thank you so much for the photos of the poses! I'm starting this with my son today who is having ongoing constipation issues. He loves yoga, so this will be a good thing for him all around!


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CR   •   June 10, 2014

"Where a bathroom is near" is right! After my 30 minute yoga session, about 5 minutes went by and then...waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh...RELIEF! Thank goodness I was home! LOL! Yeah, it works! :-)


Paloma lopez   •   June 21, 2014

This helps a lot more than I thought it would


Dawn Bray   •   July 29, 2014

Thank you for the poses and info. Very helpful! Even for those of us who may not be yoga gurus. :-)


Agathe   •   November 28, 2014

Great post joy, I really began to appreciate this art that is known around the world and helps us to maintain, recover and improve our health! Kind regards.


Jules   •   February 7, 2015

I am going to try these when I have time. I only have a bowel movement once every week or 2 and I eat whole foods take a probiotic drink water tea coffee and kombucha. I have been like this for years my stomach always looks like I am pregnant and no doctor has ever been able to help me or even say that they think this is a problem. I was told by two different doctors that that is just what is normal for me. I am so tired of this horrible feeling.


Randall   •   March 28, 2016

How successful are the above poses in relieving constipation?

Heather Allen   •   March 29, 2016

Marilyn   •   April 1, 2016

Nice Blog:) I was looking for some yoga moves. Thanks:)

Heather Allen   •   April 4, 2016

Kathryne   •   April 12, 2018

Very interesting useful fact full article Thank you

Rachel Molenda   •   April 13, 2018

Annetta C.   •   April 30, 2018

Yoga is such an amazing strategy for detox! Michelle explains everything clearly. I just hope that there's more of these yoga offerings available through Joyous Health; they work really well with Joy's healthy meals. Namaste!


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