Help combat stomach and lower back stress with this week’s pose

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

This week’s pose is called ‘knee to chest’ and helps in comforting abdominal distress. Lori Whitby of Slave Lake Smiling Dog Yoga says begin lying on your back, relaxed, with your arms and legs straight.
“On an exhale, hug your knees into your chest. Hold onto the right knee, straighten your left leg and lay it on the floor,” she says. “Hold this pose for three-10 breaths then switch legs, holding for the same amount of breaths. Release and relax both legs and both arms onto the floor to rest.”
Whitby adds, “Do not let your lower back come off the floor. If it does, bend the knee of your extended leg and place your foot flat on the floor. Always start with the right knee pulled in and left leg extended. This pose is meant to massage your ascending colon first then, when you switch legs, your left leg massages the descending colon. Deep breathing helps facilitate this massaging action.”
Modifications:
If it is difficult to clasp both hands around the leg that is pulled up, hold your knee slightly to the side of your body, toward your same-side armpit or you can use a yoga strap around your knee and hold onto the strap with both hands.
Benefits:
Helps to soothe and comfort abdominal distress and low back.

 

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