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The 5 Best Yoga Poses for Acid Reflux, According to an Instructor

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When I entered my third trimester of pregnancy with my daughter, I developed acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Determined to take a natural approach to help remedy this issue, I turned to yoga, and thankfully, adapting certain yoga poses into my daily practice helped me tremendously.

Acid reflux occurs when acid from your stomach flows back into your esophagus and manifests with symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, chronic dry cough, chest pain and a sore throat.

Twenty percent of Americans have been diagnosed with this digestive disease, according to the National Library of Medicine. And while there is currently no known cause to explain the development of GERD, there are certain lifestyles or risk factors that can trigger its onset, including obesity, pregnancy and asthma.

If you’re one of the many people dealing with the uncomfortable symptoms of acid reflux, practicing yoga can help with acid reflux symptoms. That’s because yoga has been shown to decrease stress — and stress increases the amount of acid your stomach secretes, which can cause acid reflux, according to a July 2013 study in the ​International Journal of Yoga​.

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