Yoga Exercises To Relieve Stomach Pain


Stomach pain is a common ailment of the digestive tract that can result in varying intensity of pains; from mild to severe discomfort on a person if not treated right away.

The main causes of stomach pain

Some of the common causes of stomach pain are the following:

1. Indigestion

2. Constipation

3. Build-up of intestinal gases

4. Allergy to certain foods

5. Abdominal organ problems

These yoga exercises will be highly beneficial in treating stomach pain.

1.     Breathing exercises (Pranayama)

These are simple breathing exercises, which has healing properties and can be done every morning in an empty stomach.

  • Bhastrika (Bellows) – Is considered to be the most powerful among breathing exercises wherein air is forced in and out through fast deep breathing.  This exercise can be performed twice, morning and evening during winter and once only every morning during summer. So firstly, it’s important to mention, that beginners should do this exercise while sitting or even lying on the floor, in case you will get too relaxed or revitalized. Remember that no harm can come from this exercise even if you lose your control.
    Take a deep breath and force it out, then again in and out. Do it for 5 times – this is called a round. The last breath should be the deepest in the round, it’s also recommended to take very deep breath when starting a round. After a round, do 2-3 normal breaths and start a round again. 5 rounds are enough for beginners. When you already master this technique and feel ready to go to the next level, make your rounds longer (up to 10 deep inhalations), make your pauses between rounds shorter (up to one simple breath) and do more rounds at a time.
  • Kapalabhati Pranayama – Is a type of breathing exercise, which is simple but powerful and yields many health benefits. This exrcise is done while sitting in Lotus pose. While everyday we are breathing with our chest, in this exercise we use diaphragmatic breathing. Take two usual breaths, then push the air out rapidly and strongly through your nose, then take several easy breaths and repeat rapid “air push”. One round consists of 20 rapind pushes. when finishing a round, take a deep breath and keep it as long as you can (don’t overdo it ofcause).

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  • Nadi-Sodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing) – Breathing exercise wherein nostrils are alternately used when breathing.  It purifies the channels thus resulting to maximum function to both sides of the brain and helps in relaxation of mind and nervous system. Inhale with your right nostril, while keeping your left nostril closed with your fingers. While inhaling, count to the 4 (so about 4 seconds). Hold the breath while counting to 16 (about 16 seconds). Close your right nostril and push air out through the left nostril while counting to 8 (about 8 seconds). Next take take breath in with a left nostril, hold the breath and push it through the right nostril. A round consists of 6 breaths. While starting, make 3-5 rounds at a time, when feel ready,  increase that number up to 20 rounds.

2.     Yoga Asanas.

Are the different stable yoga postures, which are maintained for long period of time.  These postures enhance the strength of the body and help control and focus one’s mind.

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) – A posture, which similar to a “serpent”, “bhujanga”.  It strengthens the abdomen and relieves stress.  It gives the needed pressure to the adrenal glands in order to provide a rich blood supply to the entire body.
Salabhasana (Locust Pose) – A posture where the body is in prone position, legs together and arms on the side resembling a locust.  It is beneficial in treating constipation and poor digestion.
Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand) – This is beneficial to the mind, body and soul hence “queen of yoga asanas”.  All the body postures are combined promoting good blood circulation.
Dhanurasana (Bow pose) – A combination of cobra pose and grasshopper asana.  It helps to strengthen the kidneys and relieve constipation problem.
Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend) – This yoga posture massages the internal organs and provides relief to constipation.
Savasana (Corpse posture) – This is done at the end of the yoga session.  It provides complete relaxation to the mind and body, enabling it to cool down.

These yoga exercises can help promote a good digestive system but it should be kept in mind that these will not be effective if healthy living is not applied in daily life.

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