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Yoga for gas problems

Yoga Benefits for Gastrointestinal Problems

Yoga and Ayurveda are thought to be sister sciences. If you do all of these things at the same time, you may have a huge positive impact on your health. All of our health problems, according to Ayurveda, are caused by an imbalance between the three elements, or Doshas. You are fully healthy when these three Doshas, namely Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha, are in equilibrium.

However, an imbalance or excess of either of these might cause a variety of health problems. Impaired digestion causes gastric issues. And according to Ayurveda, this is due to an imbalance in the Vata Dosha (air element). All of our digestive organs are regulated by the Vata Dosha. Gastric troubles can be alleviated by calming our Vatta. Yoga is there to help us.

  • Pawanmukt asana

Pawanmuktasana, also known as the wind release pose or the gas release pose, is a yoga practice for releasing wind and gas. As the name implies, Pawanmuktasana is derived from two words: "Pawan," which means wind or gas, and "Mukta," which means release or relief. This asana aids digestion by expelling gas in the stomach. Food indigestion is a common cause of gas. And indigestion produces a slew of issues beyond stomach pain, such as migraines, joint pain, and so on.

Benefits :

  1. Assists in getting rid of gas formed due to indigestion
  2. Works on muscles located in biceps, back, triceps and hips

How to perform?

  1. Begin by lying supine on a mat.
  2. Take a few deep breaths and stretch your arms and legs. This is the starting position. Savasana is the name of the asana.
  3. Make a 90° angle with your legs and thighs by flexing your knees.
  4. Bring your knees to close to your chest as you exhale.
  5. Raise your head and bring it near to your knees at the same time.
  6. Hold this position for a few seconds before releasing it.
  7. Maintain a normal breathing pattern while maintaining the posture.
  • Balasana

Garbhasana and Shashankasana are two other names for this yoga pose. Balasana translates to "child's position," with "Bala" referring to a child and "asana" referring to a posture. Balasana is a common end-of-yoga pose that emphasizes good breathing methods. Long, thin, slow, and steady breathing is recommended. Exhale while flexing and inhale while stretching is the core notion.

Benefits:

  1. Relieves fatigue, anxiety and stress
  2. Assists in improving digestion
  3. Cures pain in back

How to perform?

  1. In a kneeling position, or Vajrasana, flex your knees and sit on your heels.
  2. Begin by exhaling. Extend your hands perpendicularly at the level of your shoulder into the air.
  3. Bend forward with your hips flexed and your forehead touching the floor.
  4. Hold this stance for a few seconds while breathing normally, then return to the original pose with an inhalation.
  • Paschimotanaasana

One of the most basic asanas to execute while sitting is Paschimottanasana, often known as the seated forward bend stance. And it's a fundamental yoga stance. This asana primarily focuses on the hip joint's mobility by flexing it, as the name implies.

Benefits:

  1. Since the body is stretched forward, the pressure on the internal organs increases. This improves digestion and therefore benefits gastric health issues.
  2. Apart from relaxing and calming the whole body, it also reduces stress.
  3. It exercises the vertebral column and hence gives it a proper shape. It helps people with back pain.
  4. It is beneficial for people with diabetes and liver issues.

How to perform?

  1. Sit on a mat with your legs stretched out in front of you.
  2. Raise your arms over your head, pointing out towards the ceiling, while you inhale.
  3. With a sigh of relief. Bend forward with your lower back flexed and your hips flexed. As a result, your hands should be close to your feet and your chest should be close to your knees.
  4. Hold this position for a few seconds with normal breathing, without elevating the knees or head, and then inhale to return to the original position.
  • Supta matsyendrasana

The phrase "Supta Matsyendrasana" comes from Sanskrit, where "Supta" alludes to reclining, "Matsya" to fish, and "Endra" to Lord Indra. As a result, the term "Matsyendrasana" refers to the Lord of the Fishes stance as a whole. This asana is a modified version of Ardha Matsyendrasana, which is performed while seated. Supta Matsyendrasa mostly emphasizes twisting your spine and abdomen. As a result, many people refer to it as the twisted spine stance.

Benefits: 

  1. Improves spine flexibility and gives its good shape.
  2. Reduces the incidence of the spinal cord.
  3. It assists people suffering from insomnia by relieving body, mind and eventually induces sleep.
  4. Assists in improving digestion and gastric issues.
  5. Exercises the internal organs.

How to perform?

  1. Lie down on your back, supine, on a mat.
  2. Stretch your shoulder out to the sides so that they are parallel to your shoulder.
  3. Begin by exhaling. Bring your right knee up to your chest and flex it. Cross it over your midline so that your right knee is on the left side of the floor.
  4. Simultaneously, turn your head to the left and stretch your neck to the other side.
  5. Hold on for a few seconds before returning to your original position.
  6. Do the same thing with your opposing legs.
  7. Inhale, return to the center, exhale, then switch sides and hold with normal breathing.
  • Ananda balasana

Balasana has been transformed into Ananda Balasana. As the name implies, it's also known as the happy baby posture, where "Ananda" means content and "Bala" means baby. The asana is also known as the dead bug posture because it resembles a joyful baby or a dead bug. The relaxed infant position, on the other hand, is more popular because to its upbeat attitude. Ananda Balasana is frequently practised as a warm-up yoga asana to prepare the body for more strenuous yoga asanas.

Benefits:

  1. It stretches the muscles of the hips, thighs, biceps and triceps
  2. Improves the heart rate
  3. Gives a proper shape to the spine and elongates it
  4. Helps people with lower back pain
  5. Improves digestion and treats gas related problems

How to perform?

  1. Lie down on your back on a mat, supine.
  2. Bend your knees close to your chest as you exhale.
  3. Try grasping the thumbs of your respective feet with your hands.
  4. Hold this position for a few seconds while breathing normally, then let go.
  5. To return to your original stance, inhale while letting go.
  • Hal asana

Halasana is composed of two Sanskrit words: "Hala," which means plough (an agricultural implement extensively used by Indian farmers to prepare the land before sowing seeds), and "asana," which means pose. As a result, it's also known as the plough stance. The plough is used to dig deeper into the soil, and this yoga allows you to dig deeper into your mind and find calm. This is a difficult yoga to perfect, and it may take some time. You must first master your breathing technique and have adequate flexibility in order to master this asana.

Benefits:

  1. Back, hamstrings, neck, and other muscles' flexibility and strength are improved.
  2. This aids weight loss.
  3. It also helps our internal organs, such as the thyroid, pituitary, and pancreas, among others.
  4. Constipation is relieved and digestion is improved.
  5. Patients with sleeplessness, diabetes, cough, cold, asthma, headaches, sinusitis, and other ailments have also benefited.

How to perform?

  1. Lie supine over a mat on your back. Maintain a flat palm on the ground.
  2. On an inhale, put your hand against the ground and elevate your legs against gravity.
  3. Raise and drag your legs back until your toes are touching the ground behind your head.
  4. Hold this position for a few seconds while breathing normally. Make sure there is no pressure on the neck.
  5. To avoid injuries, press the palms on the ground when releasing the pose and carefully roll the back down utilizing core strength.

Take Away

Yoga is a natural technique to treat your health problems. If you follow professional advice and execute it correctly, there are no adverse effects. However, if you have a health problem, the first thing you should do is contact an RMP (Registered Medical Practitioner). Take your drugs on a regular basis and as directed by your doctor. Spend at least 30 minutes on these measures at the end of the day to heal more effectively and swiftly. Stay safe and healthy.