Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be another crazy fitness fad, Alien Yoga starts trending on the social pipes. Yes, as bizarre as it looks, Alien Yoga really is a thing. Its correct term is Nauli and it consists of yoga fanatics sucking in their guts and contorting it into something you’d see in, well…Ridley Scott’s blockbuster Alien movies.
The breathing technique has been around for years, and it’s achieved by using a series of gut-contorting poses to massage your organs such as your the stomach, the liver, spleen, pancreas, gallbladder, and the intestines. The idea is that it cleanses your digestive system, relieving constipation In addition to being cleansing, it’s also said to balance hormones, boost your determination, happiness and keep you on an even keel emotionally. It’s not a move you should attempt to replicate without consulting a trained Yoga instructor and certainly, not to be done on a full stomach. After all, you don’t want to cause yourself unnecessary injury or extreme discomfort. Experts also advise not to attempt this if you are pregnant, have that time of the moment or heart disease.
There’s a real knack to being able to empty your lungs of air, then isolate your abdominal muscles and roll them from side to side.
Nauli is used in the long-established Indian medicine practice of Ayurveda and Hatha yoga.
If this breathing technique is something you’d like to try, find your closest Hatha Yoga class.
And while you’re online, check out unbelievable #nauli on Instagram.