Staying in constant touch with exercise and yoga is one of the best things we decide for our body. Exercising comes with numerous benefits and they reduce the possibilities of numerous health issues. In this article, we will go through some yoga postures which are specifically to heal acidic conditions.
Our digestive system breaks down the food we consume by secreting acids lining of our stomach. This natural process sometimes gets aggravated and produces more acids that required. The condition leads to a burning sensation in our abdomen. This is the symptom of acidity and is correlated to heartburn. Heartburn happens due to gastro oesophageal reflux, which is usually due to the weakening of valve between our stomach and oesophagus. The reflux can move the undigested food towards the upper part of our food pipe and then create the burning sensation.
The imbalance of digestive system is a common problem which all of us face every now-and-then. From excess consumption to low consumption, there are numerous reasons to feel acidic. There are some yoga postures to manage these acidic conditions and stabilize our body and digestive system.
Let us go through the probable causes of acidity, so that before trying out the yoga postures, you also know the rectification you need to make in your eating habits. Food management is important to feel less acidic. You cannot simply follow the yoga postures and expect a difference by continuing an unhealthy diet. Make these adjustments for a healthier body and an improved digestion:
- Reduce the consumption of oil and fatty food. Packaged or processed food with excess oil can also produce the acidic feeling.
- Consume more water than you usually do. It helps you flush out toxins and improves bowel movements.
- Add veggies to your diet and have fruits everyday. Choose healthy snacking over junk!
- Milk based products like yogurt and buttermilk neutralizes acids in our stomach. Have a bowl of yogurt post lunch.
- Reduce the consumption of beverages like tea and coffee as they increase possibility of acidity.
- Reduce the spice content on the items you eat. Spices like clove, garlic and ginger should be opted over chilies and onion.
- Reduce the consumption of alcohol for better health.
Yoga poses for acidity
Hero’s pose (Virasana)
- Kneel on the floor.
- Place folded blanket beneath the knees, feet and shins for comfort and support.
- The inner knees should be together while the thighs are perpendicular to the floor.
- Now slightly open your feet wider than your hips are. Keep the top of feet flat on floor and let the big toes angle out at each other.
- Press down evenly and across the top of both feet.
- Exhale and lean torso slightly forward while you are sitting with hips halfway back.
- Use your hands to reach back. Pull the skin of your calf muscles towards the heels.
- Sit on your feet and rest weight equally across both the sit bones.
- Heels and shins should stay alongside hips and upper thighs. Thus, your feet directly stays aligned with the shins. Make sure the feet don’t splay wide open or get an inward turn.
- Now, slightly allow the thighs to turn inward. Press your thighs down with your hands.
- Drawn your shoulder blades against back ribs as you sit straight up. Broaden the collarbones and drag shoulders away from the ears. This will lengthen tailbone on the floor.
- Lay hands on thighs and place palms down. Roll your eyes towards your cheeks and hold the pose for a minute.
- For releasing the pose, press palms firmly on the ground and lifts your buttocks.
- Cross ankles and shins below the body and extend legs in front.
Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana)
- Fold both the legs as you place hips on your heels. Keep the toes pointed out while the big toes touch each other.
- Part your heels and sit on the pit you create.
- Keep your head, spine and neck aligned. Place palm up and on the thighs
- Hold the posture for a minute and breathe deep.
- Breathe out and relax yourself.
- Straighten the legs and then repeat.
Bow pose (Dhanurasana)
- Lie on stomach and place hip-width apart.
- Keep arms by the side.
- Now fold knees and grab the ankles.
- Breathe in while you lift the chest and pull legs up and at the back.
- Look straight in front and smile to yourself. You will notice the curve of your lips match the posture of your body.
- Hold the pose for a while and concentrate on your breath.
- Your body will look like a taut bow at this stage. After this you should retrieve back to the initial position.
- Don’t over stretch your body at once, repeat the yoga instead.
Peacock pose (Mayurasana)
- Kneel on floor and keep knees wide apart.
- Sit on the heels and then slowly lean forward.
- Press palms on the floor while fingers are turned backward. The palms should fall between the thighs and the elbows should rest on your abdomen.
- Move the legs back slowly, and one after another. They should be straight and touch the toes.
- Raise your body by tensing abdominal muscles and then rest the body weight on the palms.
- You should stay horizontal to the floor and balance body with your elbows and abdominal muscles.
- Try to hold this pose for 5 seconds and then gradually increase the time.
- Retrieve back to the initial stage and relax your body.
Camel pose (Ushtrasana)
- Kneel down and sit on heels. Place them slightly apart and raise yourself on knees.
- Now stretch hands at the back and gradually bend head and back. Keep your chin up and continue the stretch till hands can feel the heels.
- Remain in this position till you are comfortable. It can be anything between 30 to 180 seconds.
- Release the posture by inhaling and come back to the initial position.