When we think of bloating, our minds immediately turn to either overeating or PMS. But as Self points out, "there's actually something even easier that helps get rid of bloating fast: stretching," they write. "Specifically, opening up your hips and twisting your torso." This insight comes courtesy of Rebecca Weible, yoga instructor, founder, and owner of Yo Yoga! in New York City.
"When you feel bloated, the back and core muscles are going to feel really tight, because the organs are expanding," she told the magazine. "Stretching is going to help open things up a little bit, and it can be really relieving. It's also going to increase circulation in the torso, and therefore, the organs that are working to digest." More specifically, Weible recommends doing hip-opening stretches to relieve pressure on the pelvis and with it, discomfort. Here's her favorite de-bloating routine.
1. Start in a wind-relieving pose. Lie on your back, and pull your knees into your chest, hugging them with both arms, like you do at the beginning of yoga class. "This is going to let you open up the hips a little bit and stretch through your back," she explains. "Try to keep your lower back and tailbone as close to the mat as possible."
2. Drop your knees to one side into a spinal twist. Reach your arms out to a T, and keep your knees and hips in line with each other as you lean them toward the floor. Try to keep your chest and shoulders relatively square to the ceiling, but don't strain. "If you're feeling bloated, sometimes the last thing you want is to put on a really tight pair of yoga pants and put yourself in weird positions," Weible adds. "But this is something you can do anytime and almost anywhere that can help make you feel a little bit better."