If too many hamburgers, hot dogs and red, white and blue-themed desserts at this weekend’s Fourth of July festivities leave you heading to the lady’s room a little less than you’d like, consider taking Matsyasana or fish pose.
This yoga pose is said to help relieve constipation (yes, it happens to the best of us). And as those of us who have ventured down the drug store aisle looking for a quick-fix in the past know, laxatives are not always the most comfortable solution — especially when they leave you feeling like there’s an angry gurgling beast living inside your intestines. So, trying something as natural as a simple back and neck bend is worth a shot, right?
Fish pose not only stretches your hip flexors and the muscles between your ribs; it also stimulates the muscles and abdominal organs including the neck and throat. It’s this pressure and stretch on the neck that stimulates the thyroid glands, the nervous system, kidneys, stomach, intestines and pelvic organs, which in turn is quite useful for slow-moving digestion. Fish pose is also said to be beneficial for headaches, fatigue and menstrual pain.
Here is a quick how-to demo:
So while you’re saluting your country this weekend at all the backyard barbecues and pool parties, remember to be like a fish: drink plenty of water and practice your backbend.
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