Yoga For Digestion
The yogasanas which have been described here are useful mainly for the stomach. The word “stomach” brings to our mind the entire digestive system, which includes stomach, liver, spleen, intestines, abdomen and gall bladder. The health of the heart also depends on the digestive system. Patients with heart problems normally have the problem of indigestion; gas is produced which affects the heart and the heart beat increases. Therefore, these asanas are useful for heart patients as well.
- Lie down straight on your back. The legs should be together, join the hands to the sides and rest the palms on the ground.
- Inhale and raise the legs at 30 degrees upwards, then 60 degrees and then 90 degrees. You can support the back while lifting the legs. If the legs cannot be kept straight at 90 degrees - take them back at 30 degrees and rest the hands at the back. The elbows should rest on the ground. The feet should be straight; the eyes should be closed. In the beginning, it can be done for 2 minutes and then slowly increase the time up to half an hour.
- While coming back, keep the legs straight and bend backwards slightly. Remove both the hands from the back and rest them straight on the ground. Now, press the floor with the palms and get up in the same position as you had lay down, first back, and then the legs should be laid straight on the floor. The reverse asana for this is Matsyasana.
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- It activates the thyroid and makes it healthy. This reduces obesity, weakness, increases height and reduces tiredness. It strengthens the adrenal glands, semen glands and ovaries.
- It is beneficial for asthma because the shoulders are straight in this asana. Respiration is also through the abdominal area. The weight of the stomach, intestines, etc. falls on the abdominal muscles and thereby the diaphragm gets toned due to participation in the inhalation and exhalation process.
- This is also very beneficial for increasing height as it activates the thyroid and pituitary glands.
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