Suffering from acidity? Try these 4 yoga asanas for relief

Published on: 22 February 2022, 22:42 pm IST

Try these yoga asanas to treat acidity, but also choose to eat healthier and lead a more active lifestyle.

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Acidity can be very cumbersome. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Unhealthy lifestyle choices and food consumption have proven to disrupt our digestive tract as well as our gut. Today, many people are suffering from digestive or intestine problems like Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Even stress can be blamed for it to an extent. Besides tweaking the way we live and eat, are there any yoga poses to treat acidity?

The symptoms of acidity may range from heartburn to nausea and even severe chest pain.  The major cure lies in changing the eating habits and indulging in more physical activities, but even yoga can be another powerful way to treat acidity and get relief from heartburn.

Dr Nikita Kohli, Ayurveda expert, Aimil Research Center, took to address acidity concerns via an Instagram post on the yoga asanas that can be undertaken.

“Indulging in foods that are extremely sweet, salty or spicy are the major causes of acidity. Also, consuming tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine on a regular basis may worsen the situation.”

4 yoga poses to treat acidity:

1. Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)

Vajrasana increases the blood flow to the stomach and intestine, thereby improving digestion, says Kohli.

Also, Vajrasana is one of the best yoga poses to cure digestive problems, stabilizes the mind, cures acidity and gas formation in the body. Sit in this position after every meal for proper digestion.

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Practice Vajrasana,daily! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Steps:

* Sit on a flat floor or a yoga mat by kneeling.
* Fold the knees and ankles backwards and point the feet in line with the legs. The bottom of your feet should face upward touching the toes.
* Sit back on your legs and exhale normally. Your buttocks should rest on the heels and thighs should rest on your calves.
* Make sure you keep your spine, neck and head straight. Close your eyes and start deep breathing.
* Adjust your thighs and pelvis slightly backwards and forward until you feel comfortable.
* Keep your hands on your thighs and breathe at the same time.

2. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

The Triangle Pose stimulates the bowel movement, regulates the colon, and strengthens the digestive system, explains Kohli.

Steps:
* Stand and keep a minimum distance of 3 feet between your legs.
* Extend both your arms sideways and keep them level with the shoulders.
* While inhaling slowly, raise the left arm and bend the body towards the right, with the right arm pointing downwards, with fingers pointed at your toes.
* Keep an optimum body balance.
* Inhale deeply and relax the body on exhalation during the final position.
* Repeat the same on the other side and stay in this position for at least one minute.

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Trikonasana can cure acidity. Image courtesy: Shraddha Iyer

3. Pawanmuktasana (Wind-relieving Pose)

Regular practice of Pawanmuktasana helps stimulate bowel movement, which is very necessary for removing waste material and toxins from our digestive system.

Steps:

* Lie on your back or in a supine position, with your arms beside your body.
* Inhale and as you exhale bring your knees toward your chest, and press your thighs on your abdomen.
* Raise your head off the floor, letting your chin or forehead touch your knees, while you inhale and exhale.
* Hold this pose as you take deep, long breaths.
* Release the pose to return to the normal position, make sure you bring your head down first and then your legs.
* Repeat this for 2-3 rounds and then relax a bit

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Pawanmuktasana is the ultimate solution for constipation and gas. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

The Camel pose is especially good for alleviating backache. It helps relax the mind and improves blood circulation. It is also good for the respiratory, endocrine and nervous systems.

Steps:

* Kneel down with your pelvis lifted
* Place your palms on your heels, and keep your arms straight.
* Inhale, and draw in your tail-bone towards the pubis
* Then, arch your back and slide your palms over your feet till the arms are straight.
* Push your pelvis forward and bend backwards
* Stay in this preposition for a couple of seconds.

Yashwani Arora Yashwani Arora

Yashwani is best described as a voracious reader and ardent writer. She is a techie who enjoys both writing and coding. When she is not engrossed in either of these two, she enjoys exploring new places and trying new foods.

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