WARNING: Here comes some Yoga Philosophy.
Yoga Sutra 3.41
Samana Jayaj Jvalanam … One who embraces the refining fire blazes.
Samana what now? OK.... We are talking about the fire element, which is necessary in order for us to get through life - all the transformation and change, for us to deal with our shit - literally digestion and elimination - as well as dealing with everything that happens in real life.
By mastering samana vayu, the body of the yogi blazes through strong recognition of the fire element. Since the samana vayu is so strongly tied to the fire element, once the yogi achieves mastery in this way, the outer aura of the yogi is said to shine.
So we are talking about the breath here.... Pranayama techniques are said to create the necessary heat to master such a flow of energy within the body. If we can hold onto, and be held by, the refining fire that we find within ourselves, Patanjali says that we will shine, or blaze (jvalanam) with that fire. A great pranayama technique for this is Kapalabhati (Kah-bah-lah-bah-tee) 🔥
The Vagus Nerve is associated with fire and plays a huge role in regulating digestion. Try this YIN YOGA sequence for stimulating, stoking and rebalancing our inner fire.
The Shoulder stand sequence is also great for digestion as it is comprised of many inversions (inverting from the normal up right position to the upside down).
Inversions are extremely beneficial for the heart, lungs, endocrine system, and the brain. These postures invert the effect of gravity on the body. This way, circulation is improved, so absorption of nutrients is improved, the digestion and elimination processes are strengthened.... All contributing to healthy digestive fire and strong healthy bodies 🔥🔥🔥