Yoga Poses for Kidney Health
Most people don’t understand the importance of our internal organs. One such organ is the kidney. Kidneys are a very vital part of our internal body functioning and conditioning. Our Kidneys work in sync in order to filter and remove toxins from the blood, eliminate waste through the urine, and strike a balance with our respective salt-sugar and blood pressure levels.
Yoga is one of the best ways to keep the Kidneys in good shape. With consistency, precision, and a balanced diet, you should never encounter any problems. Some simple hatha yoga postures for better kidney health are listed below.
Half Moon Pose or Ardha Chandrasana: This asana promotes proper functioning of Kidneys in addition to trimming and toning down the waistline.
• Keep your feet together so that your heels and toes touch.
• Make sure your legs and Glutes are contracted and your knees are pushed back.
• Bring your arms up over your head, interlock your fingers, release your index fingers and keep your thumbs crossed.
• Ensure that your elbows are locked and arms actually touch your ears leaving no space in between.
• Gently push your hips forward a few inches and lift your chest up and nudge your upper body back.
• Keep your eyes on a pint in front of you at eye level – if you have a full length mirror at home, please use it. This posture will be easier if you can see your body alignment and adjust accordingly.
• Stretch up tall and then warm your body up by bending right and left as many times as you like.
• When finished warning up, stretch up tall again and gently bend your body to the right without bending our elbows or knees.
• Make sure you stretch to your maximum so that you feel a stretch down the left side of your body.
• Keep the weight on the heels of your feet, and arms back with your ears.
• Hold for one minute and gently come up, stop in the center, and repeat on the left side.
Cat Pose or Marjari Asana: This asana massages the organs of the abdomen, thereby strengthening the kidneys.
• Position your body on all fours (hands and knees).
• Keep your back straight.
• Distribute your body weight evenly on both your hands.
• Your arms and elbows should touch the body.
• Keep the entire lower body tight and squeeze it together (legs, hips and feet).
• Now look up and lift your upper body using your back strength. Do not do a push-up. You are not supposed to use your arm strength.
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• Push your shoulders down and make sure that the elbows touch down towards your hips. Arms should visually appear to make a 90-degree angle.
• Hold for 10 counts, gently release, and lower your body down to the mat and relax.
• Repeat – do one set of two, rest for 20 seconds in between.
• Inhale as you lower your chin and slowly curl your head downwards.
• Simultaneously, contract your abdomen as you gently arch your back so that the spine is curved. Hold and then exhale air out as you lift the had upwards and proceed to lift your rear upwards creating a dip on your back.
• Repeat – beginners should do two set of four, rest for 20 seconds in between.
Cobra Pose or Bhujang Asana: Kidneys are stretched and stimulated with a vast irrigation of increased blood flow. In addition, strengthening the back reduces lower back pain, and finally, stress induced stiffness in the chest and shoulders are cleared up.
• Lie down on your stomach and place your chin and neck on the floor.
• Place your hands flat underneath your shoulders, close to your chest, all five fingers together.