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Empty Stomach Yoga Exercises
Yoga is a great way to stay fit and healthy, even when done on an empty stomach. Here are some simple and effective yoga poses to get you started if you choose to do yoga on an empty stomach:
1. Downward-Facing Dog ” This classic pose is great for stretching the hamstrings, calves and hips. Start in a tabletop position on your hands and knees then lift your hips up and back so that your body forms an inverted “V” shape. Keep your feet hip-distance apart and press firmly into your hands as you stretch through the arms and spine.
2. Upward Plank Pose ” This pose is another great way to stretch the body and invigorate the whole system. Start by lying flat on your belly, tucking the toes under so that only the tops of the feet touch the ground. Then press into the palms of your hands as you raise your head, chest and thighs off of the mat in one slow but steady motion until arms are straightened out slightly behind you with palms still on the ground. Feel free to switch up where your gaze lands (down towards feet, slightly forward or all way up towards sky).
3. Extended Side Angle ” Great for strengthening almost any part of the body! Begin in a low lunge position with right foot forward and left leg extended back forming a 90 degree angle from knee to ankle/toe with torso facing out at side of room. Push down into bent right knee while reaching left arm up overhead before slowly tipping torso down towards bent right leg bring left arm resting lightly onto top of bent right leg while reaching right arm towards sky at same time keeping eyes gazing upwards (if comfortable). Hold here for several breaths then switch sides!
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Yes, it is generally suggested to do yoga on an empty stomach. This will improve digestion, create clarity and increase focus during the practice. Doing yoga on an empty stomach can even help access deeper spiritual connections and meditation.
It is important to remember that doing any kind of exercise, especially one with a focus on the mind and body connection, requires appropriate warm-up exercises before starting. Warm-up exercises will help get the spine, muscles and joints warmed up so that the practice of yoga can be safe and beneficial for the body. Here are some simple warm-up exercises you can add to your practice of empty stomach yoga:
• Neck rolls – slowly roll your head from side to side while loosening your neck muscles in each direction.
• Arm and shoulder circles – bring your arms up in front of you and slowly draw circles with both arms outward at shoulder level.
• Calf Rolls – place both hands securely against a wall then roll one ankle backwards around a circular motion while keeping hips facing forward. Repeat with other leg.
• Cat/Cow Pose – get into a tabletop position with hands directly under shoulders and knees directly under hips, with feet hip width apart (hands should be parallel). Then curl the tailbone down towards the ground experiencing an inward abdominal stretch or “cat” position. Next relax back in between shoulder blades releasing neck curve as you tilt chin slightly down (“cow” pose). Continue repeating this flow developing a slow rhythmical breath through every movement.
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In addition to making sure you hydrate before and after your practice, it’s important to ensure that you create a safe practice environment. Make sure there is open space, natural light (whenever possible) and make sure the temperature of the room is appropriate. Your mat should be placed on a clean surface away from any tripping hazards such as furniture or rugs. If using any props, such as blocks or straps, during your practice make sure they are clean and in good condition.
Finally, it’s important to pay attention to how your body is responding to yoga postures and adjust accordingly. Those with digestive issues may want to take modified versions of certain poses, skip certain poses altogether, or hold poses for shorter periods of time than recommended by yogic scriptures. Assess your energy level throughout class and go slowly so you don’t push yourself too far too fast. Whether practicing alone at home or in group classes with an instructor, make sure you respect the limitations of your body, honor how it feels and listen closely for signs that suggest when you might need a break from a particular posture or movement.
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Yes, yoga is typically done on an empty stomach. Doing so allows for a greater range of motion and increases flexibility, concentration and focus. It also helps your body to better absorb the health benefits of each pose. When you have food in your stomach, your focus can be drawn away from the poses and onto digestion. This can lead to an overall less rewarding experience when practicing yoga. However, if you are doing vigorous or high energy yoga styles like Vinyasa and Ashtanga that involve quick transitions, it is important to make sure you do not do them on an empty stomach because they can cause feelings of dizziness or lightheadedness.
Yoga: Should You Do Yoga On An Empty Stomach? – https://www.healthline.com/health/should-you-do-yoga-on-an-empty-stomach
Yoga Benefits Facts & Tips – https://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/benefits#:~:text=Benefits%20of%20Yoga&text=Physical%20benefits%20of%20Yoga&text=The%20most%20obvious%20benefit%20of,range%2C%20improves%20athletic%20performance
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