Check out these 5 beneficial Yoga asanas for treating kidney stones
The moving of the kidney stone may block the flow of urine and result in swelling of the kidney which can be very painful. Take the help of Yoga and check out these 5 exercises that are specifically useful to improve the health of your kidneys.
Made from chemicals like calcium, oxalate, urate, cystine, xanthine and phosphate in the urine, kidney stones are hard objects that usually may not exhibit symptoms unless it moves around within one's kidney or passes through their ureters. When this happens, it may block the flow of urine and result in swelling of the kidney which can be very painful.
At this point, one may experience symptoms like severe and sharp pain in the side and back or below the ribs, pain in the lower abdomen and groin, pain or burning sensation while urinating, a constant need to urinate or urinating frequently, nausea and vomiting or fever and chills. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Yoga Master and Spiritual Guru - Grand Master Akshar - shared 5 exercises that are specifically useful to stimulate organs, give the body a natural massage and improve the health of your kidneys.
1. Padahasthasana (a variant of Uttanasana or Standing Forward Bend)
Method: Stand in Tadasana position. Exhale as you start to bend forward, bring your fingertips or palms on the floor.
Benefits: The Yoga pose Padahastasana is known to massage the digestive organs, help with nasal and throat diseases, alleviate flatulence along with constipation and indigestion, improve concentration and metabolism, stimulate and tone spinal nerves and increase vitality.
2. Paschimottanasana or Seated Forward Bend
Method: Begin with Dandasana and place a strap around the feet while grasping them by the hands if the back is stiff. Ensure that your knees are slightly bent and legs stretched out forward.
Then inhale and extend your arms straight out to the sides and up over your head, reaching toward the ceiling while keeping your spine erect. As you exhale and empty your stomach of air, begin to come forward by hinging at your hips and place your upper body on your lower body.
Lower your arms, grip your big toes with your fingers and try to touch your knees with your nose. Remember to lengthen your spine on each inhale and deepen into your forward bend on each exhale.
Benefits: Though seemingly easy, it offers loads of benefits especially for those suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes. One of the major health benefits is that it calms the body and relaxes the mind. It also helps circulate fresh blood to the head thereby relaxing the mind and reducing insomnia, depression and anxiety.
3. Dhanurasana or Bow Pose
Method: Lie down on your stomach, keep your feet slightly apart and almost parallel to your hips while placing your arms on the side of your body. Slowly, fold your knees up and raise your hands backwards to hold your ankles.
Inhale, lift your chest off the ground, pull your legs up and stretch it out while feeling the tension on your arms and thighs. Breathe deeply and hold onto the pose for 12-15 seconds before bringing your chest and legs back to the ground slowly.
Benefits: This back bending or bow pose exercise of Yoga increases and regains spinal strength and flexibility. Dhanurasana has the ability to improve posture amid work from home as we crouch before our laptops and computer systems, working extended hours during the Covid-19 quarantine. This exercise helps to bounce back on a healthy note and maintain a good posture.
4. Mandukasana or Frog Pose
Method: Begin in Vajrasana (or thunderbolt) pose. Form fists with both hands. Keep your thumbs are properly tucked behind your fingers. Position your fists on your abdomen either side of your navel. Exhale and bend forward slowly as you press your navel with your fists. Keep back straight and look forward as you are bending forward. Now hold your breath for as long as you can in this pose. Inhale and slowly come up and relax.
Benefits: It focuses on “second brain” and brings in positive energy. It is a very important asana as it focuses on your navel centre, which also happens to be your life-force centre called the second brain since it has the ability to give you the energy to combat all weaknesses. From opening the practitioner’s mind and reducing blood sugar levels to working on the pancreas, this exercise helps in improving the flexibility and mobility of the knee and ankle joints. The frog pose also helps reduce fat from thighs, belly and hips which explains the reason behind Shilpa’s enviable figure.
Precaution: People with knee, ankle and back pain issues should avoid this asana.
5. Baddha Konasana or Cobbler Pose or the bound angle pose
Method: Sit with your legs relaxed out in front. Breathe out, bend your knees, pull your heels toward your pelvis, stretch your knees out to the sides and press the soles of your feet together.
Benefits: This helps relieve mild depression, anxiety and fatigue and helps facilitate smooth delivery when practiced until late pregnancy as it stretches the thighs and knees, relieving pain. It also improves flexibility in the hip and groin region.
Precautions: Do not practice this asana if you suffer from sciatica, lower back injuries or injuries in your hip region or groin. If you suffer from high blood pressure or any cardiac problems, be careful while bending.