by Maria Molfino
It’s that time of year. The time of year when you eat a lot of food – hurrah! The time of year when yogis everywhere talk about gratitude and detoxification. Well, in honor of Thanksgiving, we bring to you: yoga poses that look like staple Thanksgiving foods…and also help with a wide variety of your digestive needs.
Original name: Supta Kurmasana – Tortoise Pose
In addition to toning the spine, this pose activates the abdominal organs, making it a great pose to do before you dig into your Thanksgiving meal. One of the main mental benefits of the pose is withdrawal of the senses, thus perfect if you’re in need of quiet time during family dinner. Just whip it out. No big deal.
Corn on the Cob Pose
Original name: Malasana – Garland Pose
Malasana will definitely help you with any food coma by amping up your digestive fire and metabolism. It’s actually designed to facilitate bowel movements. When in India a few years ago, I became quickly acquainted with latrine pits (holes in the ground instead of toilets). The optimal pose for going to the bathroom was indeed…Malasana!
Green Bean Pose
Original name: Salabhasana – Locust pose
Is it just me or are yogis obsessed with digestion? Must be that mind-gut connection. According to Yoga Journal, the therapeutic applications of Salabhasana include flatulence, constipation, and indigestion. Just sayin’. Plus it looks like a fibrous green bean! Yes.
Original name: Supta Baddha Konasana – Reclining Bound Angle Pose
This is the pose you get into on the living room floor when the meal is all set and done and you’ve wiped the last dribble of cranberry sauce from your mouth. Say it with me now: Supta Baddha Konasana. As a classic “restorative” pose, you’ll be napping in no time.
Maria Molfino is a women’s lifestyle and leadership coach who likes to be silly once in a while. She supports women in aligning their careers with their yogini selves. Sign up for her free guide of transformative resources and wisdom articles.