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Digestive upset is common in December. By the time you’ve hit the end of the festive run of roast potatoes, mince pies, turkey, bread sauce, chocolates, trifle and whatnot you may be feeling heavier than usual, or suffering from bloating, indigestion, or constipation…

Whatever the issue, doing these four simple yoga poses will soothe your system, boost digestive function, and help you feel more like yourself.

Wind-removing pose: Do this any time to gently stimulate your digestion and encourage elimination. If you’re doing it at home, hold it for longer than you would in class, breathing mindfully and deeply to get the best massage for your colon.

Hands to feet pulling pose: This is another wonderful massage for your internal organs. Pulling your body tight against your thighs means no room for light or air anywhere on the outside, and no room for excess on the inside either! Bend your knees as much as you need to to keep a good compression between your abdomen and thighs.

Cobra pose: Lying on your belly puts gentle pressure on your stomach and digestive system, encouraging the movement of any trapped wind. As you rise, really contract your back and leg muscles to strengthen this massage.

Savasana: Embrace the benefits of stillness. Whether you’ve over-eaten, drunk too much, or simply gotten stressed out by everything, taking a few minutes to relax in corpse pose, breathing evenly in and out through your nose, is a great way to calm the body and bring it back into balance.

How do you combat Christmas pudding syndrome? Share in the comments!

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