Bloating can be truly uncomfortable, and surprisingly hard to treat. When you’re feeling like an overstuffed teddy bear, at first you may think all you need to do is release some of the gas that’s built up in your stomach. But you likely don’t always know how to make yourself fart to release trapped gas – it’s not as easy as it sounds, and sometimes it’s just not happening. We’ve all been there. And if your stomach is gassy after eating a rich dinner, snacking on something that didn’t agree with you, or over-doing it on fiber all day, it may be too late for you to head to the store for some Beano or Gas-X – or maybe you just want to try a natural cure before resorting to medication. If you’ve ever found yourself Googling “how to get rid of gas immediately, you may already know: there are several yoga-inspired positions to relieve gas STAT. The right yoga moves can absolutely relax your body and get things moving, allowing you to expel the gas that’s making you feel so bloated and uncomfortable and letting you breathe a sigh of relief – sometimes within just a few short minutes. Is there anything yoga can’t do?
Why Does Yoga Release Gas?
When you are considering how to release gas from the stomach, manual manipulation can help. But it’s not necessarily that the contortions you put yourself through physically push trapped gas from your gut and out your . . . butt. Rather, yoga poses help relax your entire body (including your intestines), and that can allow your gut to release gas, according to Healthline.
You can try just one or two of the following 12 positions, or work your way through the entire sequence. Do a few of your faves, or if you’re particularly uncomfortable, follow the entire 12-pose sequence. To increase the chances of it working, take your time and really relax and breathe into your belly. Sipping on some water and listening to calming music can also help. As a friendly warning, though, you might want to do these stretches alone, because they’re very effective (if you know what I mean).