Treating indigestion from the ground up

Sometimes it is that second cup of coffee, other times it is too much of hot and spicy green curry, and more often than not, is is just plain-old stress.  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.  Learning to release that anxiety at its base, in the feet, will ease the pressure your body is under, while processing nutrients. 

There are points in the feet that go directly to the organs that aid digestion.  Two variations of thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana) will help to soothe stress and settle your stomach (not to mention pamper your paws).  As a warning, foot positions of these poses can be and should be painful for first-timers.  Stay with it for as many breaths as you can.

Deep toe bend

This pose realeases 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 stimulateously 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 wegiht to the pads of the 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 position as long as possible.

Foot cross

The 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 of 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 the left foot and maybe even up the back of the body.  Use your body weight to apply pressure gently to the right heel, sending your body weight toward 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.

Afterward sit in cross-legged seated position (Sukhasana) and notice where you feel the difference in your body.

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