When tension is to blame for your indigestion, the cure is only a couple of feet away. Anxiety can block the body from breaking food down into fuel, says Saul David Raye, long-time teacher of Indian and Thai healing yoga techniques. Learning to release that anxiety at its base, in the feet, will ease the pressure your body is under while processing food.
"There are [points] in the feet that go directly to the organs that aid digestion," Raye says. Raye recommends two variations of thunderbolt pose (vajrasana) to soothe stress and settle your stomach (not to mention pamper your paws).
Raye warns that the foot positions of these yoga poses can be and should be painful for first-timers.
"If you can find out where the pain is, it will point out where the blocks are," he says. "Stay with it for as many breaths as you can." Raye starts classes with these two foot stretches whenever he knows students have just eaten.Deep toe bend
According to Raye, this yoga pose releases blocked energy in the feet, improving energy flow and balance throughout the body. Rid your feet of knots and the ones in your stomach will simultaneously dissipate.
Sit on your knees. Then bend your toes underneath you and sit back on your heels. Only the bottom of your toes should touch the floor.
Begin to raise your knees off the floor and shift your body weight forward, applying weight to the pads of the toes. (This is kind of like bending your fingers way back in a game of "Mercy" but with your toes.) You may feel some discomfort in the toes. High-heel wearers, consider yourself warned that this will not be a picnic for you. Notice where the tenderness is and try to apply more body weight to that spot. Stay in that yoga position as long as possible to help aid digestion.Foot cross
According to Raye, this yoga pose opens up the energy pathways that begin at the sole of the foot.
Sitting on your knees, with the tops of your feet on the floor, rise up slightly off your ankles so you can cross your right foot over the middle of your left foot.
Find the boniest part of the top of your right foot and place it in the very middle of the outer edge of your left foot. Part of your right foot will hang over your left. When the right foot bone rests there and you sit back on your heel, you will feel a radiating sensation throughout your left foot and maybe even up the back of your body.
Use your body weight to apply pressure gently to your right heel, sending your body weight towards the floor while releasing the tensions in the feet that connect to the gut. Feel free to experiment with the amount of pressure. As long as you feel you are pressing on the left acupressure point, stay for as long as possible. Switch sides.Afterwards, sit in cross-legged seated position (sukhasana) and notice where you feel the difference in your body.