Yoga Asanas to Help Reduce Gastric Problems
June 30, 2022
June 30, 2022
Summary: When asked to a senior obstetrician and gynecologist of Odisha, “What would you choose in between Yoga and gym workout,” he chose yoga and said, “Gym workout mostly focuses on muscle building, which leads to hypertrophy (increase in muscle mass). But yoga benefits my inner body organs.”
Yoga is an ancient art, believed to be several thousand years old. History says that the Adiyogi (the first yogi) and the Adiguru (the first guru) taught yoga to legendary Saptarishis or seven sages. The seven sages then propagated this art all over the world. The word “Yoga” derives its roots from the Sanskrit word “Yuj”, which means unity. Yoga focuses on uniting your mind, body, and nature. Yoga has proven as a solution for hundreds of illnesses like mental health, weight loss, bone disorder, brain functionality, etc.
But do you know that yoga can solve your gastric-related health problems?
Ayurveda and Yoga are believed to be sister sciences. If followed together, it can result in a maximum impact on your health positively. According to Ayurveda, all our health issues are due to an imbalance between the three elements or Doshas. When these three Doshas, i.e., Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha, are in balance, you are perfectly healthy. But an imbalance or excess of either of them can have many health issues.
Gastric problems result from impaired digestion. And Ayurveda believes this is because of an imbalance in the Vatta Dosha (air element). Vatta Dosha regulates all our digestive organs. Calming our Vatta helps to get rid of gastric issues. Yoga comes to our rescue.
All types of Yoga focus on correcting these three Doshas. There are Yoga Asanas that calm our Vatta Dosha which cures our gastric problems. These yoga asanas benefit us by integrating proper breathing techniques that affect your gastrointestinal organs.
Pawanmuktasana, also known as the wind release pose or the gas release pose.
Pawanmuktasana, as the name suggests, derives itself from two words “Pawan”, meaning wind or gas, and “Mukta”, meaning release or relief. This asana helps by releasing the gas in our stomach. Gas often occurs due to food indigestion. And indigestion causes a lot of problems, more than stomach discomfort like migraine, joint pain, etc.
This yoga is also known as Garbhasana and Shashankasana. Balasana means child’s pose, where “Bala” means child, and “asana” means posture. Balasana is often done as end yoga; this yoga focuses on proper breathing techniques. The breathing should be long, thin, slow, and steady. The basic concept is you need to exhale while flexing and inhale while stretching.
Paschimottanasana, also known as the seated forward bend pose, is one of the basic asanas done while sitting. And is one of the basic yoga poses. As the name hints, this asana mainly focuses on the mobility of the hip joint by flexing it.
The word Supta Matsyendrasana has its roots in Sanskrit, where the word “Supta” means to recline, “Matsya” means fish, and “Endra” refers to Lord Indra. Hence, the word “Matsyendrasana” collectively means Lord of the fishes’ pose. This asana is a modified form of Ardha Matsyendrasana, which is done in a sitting position. Supta Matsyendrasa mainly focuses on your spine and abdomen by twisting them. Hence, many people also use the term twisted spine pose to refer to it.
Ananda Balasana is a modified version of Balasana. Also known as the happy baby pose as the name suggests, where “Ananda” means content and “Bala” means baby. Some also refer to it as the dead bug pose, as the asana resembles a happy baby or a dead bug. But the comfortable baby pose is more accepted because of an optimistic approach. Ananda Balasana is often done as warm-up yoga to prepare oneself before doing more intense yoga asanas.
Halasana is made up of two Sanskrit words, i.e., “Hala”, meaning plough (a farming tool used widely by farmers in India to prepare the soil before sowing seeds), and “asana”, meaning pose. Hence, this is also referred to as the plough pose. Like the plough is used to dig into the deeper layers of the soil, this yoga also lets you delve deeper into your mind and attain peace. This is challenging yoga, and you might take some time to master it. To master this asana, you first need to master your breathing technique and have good flexibility.
Yogas are an organic way of treating your health issues. There are no side effects if you do it properly following professional instructions. But the first thing you should do in case of any health issue is to consult an RMP (Registered Medical Practitioner). Do take your medications regularly and follow your doctor’s instructions. End of the day, spend at least 30 minutes on these measures to heal more effectively and quickly. Stay healthy, Stay safe.
A. Yes, almost all yogas have some contraindications. People who have undergone a recent abdominal surgery should avoid doing this yoga. Also, people with a neck strain, hernia, piles, and pregnant women should not do Pawanmuktasana.
A. These yogas are adjuvant therapy. Always consult your doctor before making any changes in your medicines schedule. Especially in GERD, ignorance of medical therapy can lead to a cancerous condition called esophageal adenocarcinoma. Take your medications regularly and do practice these yogas for a better effect.
A. Like most other yogas, even Balasana has some limitations. Those with a knee injury, spondylitis, ankle injury, pregnancy, etc., should refrain from this Yoga pose. You shouldn’t perform this yoga if you’ve any such conditions. But if you don’t belong to these categories and still develop knee pain, you can instead go for its variation seated child’s pose. Here you sit down on a chair instead of kneeling on the ground. You can also keep a towel just below the ankles for the support & separate the knees and then bend forward this will reduce the tension in the knee joints.