Gastric problems are seen by many Yoga practitioners and are becoming a growing challenge to Yoga asanas. Our stomach is an important part of our body that has a great role to play in digestion. This process is performed by using mechanical, chemical, and muscular mechanisms.
Yoga is a blessing to cure or treat minor to major diseases. One research found that yoga can help control or alleviate symptoms associated with digestive illnesses when used in combination with medications. (1)
The mouth, esophagus, and small intestine are all part of the digestive system, which is a complex collection of organs. One way of getting relief from gastric problems is by practicing Yoga. The Yoga poses or Asanas are beneficial even if you do not practice regularly. Gastric problems can be cured with some simple Yoga poses that require no more than 10 minutes of your time. Since Yoga considers the well-being of the whole person, it focuses on mind, body, wellness as well as physical health. Here are five yogic poses on how they can help you fight against acidity and gastric problem.
1. Pawanmuktasana (Gas Release Asana)
Pawanmuktasana poses look very simple but they are not that easy to master. This asana helps by releasing the gas in our stomach. Gas often occurs due to food indigestion. It helps by relaxing the muscles in the abdomen, which allows more nutrient-rich food to pass through. With practice, this asana becomes easier and you can even do it while listening to music or listening to your favorite podcast!
The asana has multiple health benefits. Research has shown that regular practice of Pawanmuktasana tones muscles, eases the mobility of the joint, and improves venous circulation around the joints. (2)
- To get a good, strong Pavan pose you will need a comfortable position. Lie down, stretch your body and breathe for a few seconds to relax.
- Exhale with bending your knees and bring it to your chest.
- Bring your neck or head slowly closer to the knees.
- Hold the pose for six counts and then relax for two counts. Return to the starting position and repeat the process until you feel an adequate level of musculature irritation has been neutralized.
2. Supta Matsyendrasana (Supine Spinal Twist)
This Asana is part of the Supta sequence of yoga postures. This is an efficient pose of yoga for gastric and acidity. It stretches the entire body and is fantastic for overall health and wellbeing. If you have been suffering from sluggishness, headache, or general aches and pains then this Asana will definitely get you moving.
- To start this asana, take a seat on your yoga mat or any other terrain piece that provides support. Lie down in a supine position ensuring your legs are straight and relaxed as you center your body between your knees. Keep your head in line with your spine, breath in deeply through your abdomen, and exhale as you start.
- Bring your right knee up to your chest and bend it. Cross it across your centerline so your right knee rests on the left side of your body. At the same time, face your head to the opposite side or your left.
- Return to the starting pose after a few seconds or four-five breaths of holding on.
- Repeat the pose from the other side.
3. Halasana (Plow Pose)
Halasana is a bit challenging traditional yoga method that has multiple health benefits including relief on gastric problems. The asana is also known as Plow Pose that contributes to strengthening back muscles, improving digestion, and providing aid from insomnia, asthma, diabetes, migraines, sinusitis, and other ailments. With some practice, the asana can be performed easily at home.
- Lie flat over a mat on your back. Maintain a level palm on the surface.
- Inhale slowly and lift your legs gently. Drag your legs back until your toes are touching the ground above your head.
- Hold on for few seconds and ensure that there is no strain on the neck.
- Return to your original posture slowly and softly.
4. Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Balasana is a Sanskrit name of a popular yoga pose that is also known as Child’s Pose. The asana aids in improving digestion and help to relieve anxiety, stress, and fatigue. The main aim of Balasana is to help lift your shoulder blades off the ground and make you more flexible.
- Kneel on the ground and sit on your heels.
- Exhale slowly and stretch hands parallel to the ground
- Bend forward with your hips bent and your forehead touching the floor.
- Hold for a few seconds while breathing normally, then inhale and return to your original position.
5. Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose)
Ananda Balasana is a yoga asana also known as happy baby pose. It is one of the basic yoga poses and allows for a deeper stretch in the legs and back. This yoga pose is beneficial for stretching your spine, hips, arms, groin, and chest.
- Lie down comfortably and bend your knees into your belly with slowly releasing or exhaling your breath.
- Try to hold your feet with both of your hands.
- Stay still in the position while breathing for few counts and then releasing the pose gently with inhaling breath back.
- Relax and repeat.
Gastric trouble and acidity is a very common problem that almost everyone in the world faces off and on. The best thing to do in such cases is to take action at the initial stage; even for that, you need to know different yoga for gastritis and acidity.
Yoga has several health advantages for the body. Not only it helps with gastric problems but contributes to achieving tension and flexibility in the body as well. It keeps the mind clear and focused on some certain thought or activity. During stressful times, yoga asanas help relaxes the body and mind. Yoga is not only beneficial for these purposes, but it also helps fight diseases like asthma or heart diseases.