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The Ins, Outs, and In Betweens of Your Digestive Tract: How Muscle Imbalances in Your Jaw and Neck Affect Digestion – Part One: Chewing

Everybody Eats: my suggested title for the prequel of the bestselling children’s book Everybody Poops. While it may not have the excitement and allure of a fascinating tale of elimination, it would be an equally compelling story of the process of digestion. We rarely pause to consider the functions of the organs that process and assimilate our food into our bodies. Yet without our digestive system, our bodies would lack the essential nutrients to keep our beings healthy and vibrant. In this multi-part series, we will explore how our habitual body positioning can throw our digestive systems out of whack.

The Ins, Outs, and In Betweens of Your Digestive Tract: How Muscle Imbalances in Your Jaw and Neck Affect Digestion – Part Two: Swallowing

You know the feeling of having your omega-3 capsule stick to the walls of your esophagus and lodge there until you drink more water or eat a piece of breath to shove it down? An object’s progress from mouth to stomach is an intricate dance of body position and muscle function. Now that you have been able to ruminate about chewing (See Part One: Chewing if you missed it), it’s time to move on to swallowing and how our habitual head position changes the reflex.

The Ins, Outs, and In Betweens of Your Digestive Tract: How Muscles Imbalances in Abdomen Affect Digestion – Part Three: Digestion and Absorption

Can you stomach a deeper dive into the digestion system? We have chewed through the process of mastication and gulped down the movements of swallowing. At this point in digestion, food has been broken down enough for enzymes to chemically transform it into smaller, usable nutrients. We’re headed downstream in the alimentary canal to the stomach and intestines. These areas, though out of conscious control, are still subject to issues arising from habitual muscular tension.

The Ins, Outs, and In Betweens of Your Digestive Tract: Relax and Digest

Last week, I discussed the digestive organs and the anatomy of the abdomen. This week, I’ll outline some techniques to help your organs do their job more efficiently.

The success of our digestive system depends on food being able to pass through the tubes unrestricted. Chronic abdominal tension reduces our ability to digest, assimilate, and metabolize our food. Even though the digestive processes of our stomach and intestines are out of our conscious control, we can deliberately relax the abdomen to help free up the flow.


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Mindful Eating as a Yoga Practice

It may sound strange, but I have eaten on my yoga mat many times. During a break in a recent yoga teacher training, while laying out a “picnic” on my yoga/place mat, I noticed the parallels between yoga and mindful eating. We may learn more about our eating from our yoga experience than we realize.


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Are You Doing These Yoga Poses All Wrong? by Robin Hilmantel for Daily Burn

Ideally, you’d have a personal yoga teacher to tell you every time your feet or hands aren’t in the proper places for key yoga poses. That way, you’d feel the “oohs” and “aahs” in all the right spots. But unfortunately, instructors can’t be everywhere at once, so a few form mistakes may slip by them. That doesn’t mean you can’t get aligned like the pros, though. We asked experts to ID the most common missteps, whether they’re committed by beginners or experienced yogis. Keep reading to ensure your yoga game is as on point as possible.

3 Stretches That Can Help Get Your Mindless Eating Under Control by Robin Hilmantel for Prevention

You likely know some of the more common benefits of stretching, like increased flexibility and decreased muscle soreness. But you may not realize that it can also minimize your odds of overeating.

Jessie’s Story: Putting the Pieces Together

During this authentic and inspiring interview, Jessie Dwiggins openly discusses her struggle with an eating disorder. After undergoing treatment, she went on to study nutrition and yoga. When she was introduced to mindful eating, the final piece fell into place.

Beautiful Voices: Jessie Dwiggins by Annmarie Skin Care

Beautiful Voices is our ongoing blog series that highlights inspiring, empowering women. Our most recent Beautiful Voice is Jessie Dwiggins. See what she says when Annmarie asks her some questions about her own personal beauty.