By TNT Bureau
Dec 11, 2017: Indigestion is a common problem. Acidic taste in the mouth, nausea, burning stomach, vomiting are quite common among many people. This is often caused by an unbalanced lifestyle and can be cured by following a balanced lifestyle, proper diet, and meal at the right time. Along with these, some simple yoga techniques can help cure digestive problems.
The following asanas when practiced regularly can really help keep the digestive system cool.
Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
- Kneel on your yoga mat, with your right toes over the left and separate the heels.
- Lower the buttocks onto the inside surface of the feet with the heels touching the sides of the hips.
- Place the hands on the knees, with palms down.
- The back and head should be straight but not tense. Avoid excessive backward arching of the spine.
- Close the eyes, relax the arms and the whole body. Breathe normally and fix the attention on the flow of air passing in and out of the nostrils.
You can practise Vajrasana any time and any number of times. You can even practice Vajrasana directly after meals, for at least 5 minutes to enhance the functioning of the digestive system. You can increase this to 20 minutes in a period of 2-3 months.
Vajrasana increases the efficiency of the entire digestive system, relieving stomach ailments such as acidity and peptic ulcer. It enhances the blood flow and nervous impulses in the pelvic region and increases blood flow to the abdomen. It prevents hernia and helps to relieve piles.
Agnisar Kriya (Digestive Fire Activation or Cleansing)
Sit in Vajrasana. Breathe in deeply. Exhale out, emptying the lungs as much as possible. Lean forward slightly and straighten the elbows while pushing down on the knees with the hands. Contract and expand (flap) the abdominal muscles rapidly for as long as it is possible to retain the breath outside comfortably. Do not strain.
Bring the head upright and inhale slowly and deeply. This is one round.The muscles must be slowly and gradually developed over a period of time. Three rounds of at least 10-20 abdominal contractions and expansions are sufficient at first. With regular practise, up to 100 abdominal movements may be performed with each round. The time of breath retention should be gradually increased over a period of time.
Agnisar Kriya removes digestive disorders such as indigestion, hyperacidity, hypoacidity, flatulence, constipation and sluggishness of the liver and kidney. It massages the abdomen, stimulating the associated nerves, strengthening the muscles and encouraging optimum health of the abdominal organs. Agnisar Kriya improves the energy levels markedly by alleviating depression, dullness and lethargy.