Health & Wellness

Different Yoga Exercises for Various Health Problems

There is no doubt that the modern world has ushered in plenty of conveniences that makes life easy and hassle free. However, the conveniences have been accompanied by plenty of drawbacks especially when it comes to health and wellness. From diabetes to high blood pressure to obesity and what not, there needs to be a way out of it.

Well, the answer lies in yoga – the ancient Indian science of the body and the mind that originated thousands of years back in the Vedic era. This ancient form of art which emphasizes on the unification of the body, mind and soul comes with a plethora of benefits for various types of health ailments. So, here’s a look at how various ailments can be treated effectively with different yoga poses.

Arthritis

A rheumatic condition that is more prevalent among people who are above the age group of 60. However, owing to the sedentary lifestyle these days, even young people are getting affected with arthritis. The symptoms include stiffness, pain, swelling, difficulty in motion, etc.

Yoga Poses for Arthritis

Downward Facing Dog Pose/Adho Mukha Svanasana – Apart from stretching the spine fully, it increases body flexibility.

Child Pose/Shishuasana – This asana is very effective when it comes to straightening the vertebra.

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

This disease is quite common among women especially when they are at the reproductive stage. Obese women can also suffer from PCOS. The occurrence of disease results from over-production of male hormones from the ovaries. The symptoms include no periods or irregular periods, weight gain, excess growth of hair on the body and the face, ovarian cysts and acne.

Yoga Poses for PCOS

Cobra Pose/Bhujangasana – The ovarian function of the female body are activated with this pose.

Bow Pose/Dhanurasana – The female reproductive organs are stimulated with this pose.

Thyroid

Thyroid is also known by the name, Adam’s apple. The metabolic activities of the body are regulated by the hormones produced by the thyroid glands. It is also responsible for proper digestive and heart function. But, a misbalance in the hormone levels can cause a lot of problems. The symptoms include weight gain, constipation, fatigue, puffy face, muscle weakness and more.

Yoga Poses for Thyroid

Fish Pose/Matsyasana – Since the thyroid gland is located at the front of the neck, this asana is ideal for keeping the thyroid gland stimulated as it stretches the neck.

Plough Pose/Halasana – This asana compresses the neck and triggers the thyroid glands.

Diabetes

Diabetes results from the body’s inability to respond or produce the hormone insulin. As a result of that, the glucose levels in the blood are elevated as well as abnormal carbohydrate metabolism. Sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, obesity, stress, etc. are some of the contributing factors towards diabetes. The symptoms include increased hunger, dry mouth, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision and headaches.

Yoga for Diabetes

Wheel Pose/Chakrasana – The pancreas cells are rejuvenated by this pose and the heart is also stimulated. The oxygen intake increases with gradual practice and the vertebral column is stretched.

Half Spinal Twist/Ardha Matsyendrasana – This pose is extremely effective when it comes to controlling and maintaining the blood sugar levels in the body.

Lower Back Pain

An increasing number of populations across the world are suffering from lower back pain thanks to desk jobs, weight gain, depression, no exercise, etc. etc. If not treated in time it can lead to more serious maladies like spinal arthritis, herniated disc, Spondylolisthesis and Vertebral fractures. The symptoms include pain that gradually travels down to buttocks and legs, dull pain, pain increases after waking up, continuous abdominal pain and aggravates with longer hours of sitting.

Yoga for Lower Back Pain

Tree Pose/Vrikshasana – This asana benefits the spine immensely and helps in maintaining body balance.

Supine Spinal Twist/Supta Matsyendrasana – This asana gives your chest, shoulders, hips, middle spine, upper back and lower back a good stretch and relieves pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips and spine.

Stomach Disorder/Indigestion

Stomach disorders can range from indigestion to bloating to constipation to acidity and more. Neglecting a stomach disorder, popping some pills and blaming it on acidity, is the general attitude of people. However, over the course of time, a neglected stomach disorder can turn into something serious like gastroenteritis, Gallstones, Ulcerative Colitis or something more critical like stomach cancer.  The symptoms of stomach disorder may include gas and bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and blood in bowel.

Yoga for Stomach Disorder

Seated Forward Bend Pose/Paschimottanasana – This yoga asana is the perfect remedy if you are suffering from any sort of digestive problem.

Knees to chest pose/Apanasana – This pose give you relief if you are suffering from acidity, bloating, indigestion and constipation. The toxic substances from the body are expelled with this yoga asana.

Author Bio-Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He is currently working with rishikulyogshsla.org. The Yoga Alliance affiliated school organizes a number of Yoga events such as Yoga Teacher Training Nepal, Yoga workshops, Retreats, Pranayama training, etc.

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