Also known as acid reflux, acidity is a common condition and it happens when the stomach produces excess acid. Normally, the food is broken down by the acid produced by the stomach but sometimes excess acid is secreted by the stomach. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) or the muscle ring at the lower part of the food pipe fails to stop the acid from travelling up the food pipe and this results in acidity and heartburn. Other symptoms of acid reflux include stomach pain and irritation. Not chewing your food properly, not drinking sufficient amount of water, smoking and bad eating habits can cause acidity. Usually, antacids are prescribed by the doctor for the treatment of acidity. There are also many home remedies for acidity. You can cure acidity or acid reflux by practicing some specific yoga poses. Here is a list of yoga asanas for the treatment of acidity. (ALSO READ These 10 photos of Indian yogini Natasha Noel will inspire you to start doing yoga).
1. Paschimottanasana (Forward bend pose)
Paschimottanasana or the Forward bend pose is an excellent yoga pose for the abdominal organs. This pose will not only help the organs to function properly and treat digestive problems but will also regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce the tummy fat.
How to do it: Start by sitting down on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and hands on the side. Make sure your core is engaged and the spine is straight. Now extend your hands and try to touch your toes. If you are comfortable here, then try to hold them. Hold this position for about five minutes and then return to the original position. Do this about 10 times. (ALSO READ Yoga asanas for beginners: Start your yoga journey with these 5 simple and basic yoga asanas)
2. Supta Badhakonasana (Reclining butterfly pose)
The reclining butterfly pose or the Supta badhakonasana is an effective asana to cool down your body. It is also an effective asana for the treatment of PCOS.
How to do it: Begin by lying down on the floor with your feet extended. Now, bend your knees and join the soles of your feet. Bring the heels closer to your pelvic area and engage your abs. Keep your hands on your sides with the palms pressed to the floor. Hold this position for about three minutes and return to the original position.(ALSO READ 7 amazing health benefits of Yoga).
3. Marjaryasana (cat/cow pose)
The Marjaryasana or the cat/cow pose will improve the blood circulation in your body and massage the digestive organs. This pose will stretch and relax your body.
How to do it: Start by standing on all fours with your palms under your shoulder and the knees under your hips. Now, inhale and lift your chin and tail bone up. Push your belly toward the floor. Exhale and round your spine, tilting your head and tail bone down towards the floor. Your pubic bone should be drawn forward. Now return to the original position. Repeat these two steps around five times.
4. Vajrasana (Thunder bolt pose)
Doing vajrasana immediately after your meal will help you to digest the food properly and prevent acidity. This asana will improve blood circulation in the intestine and stomach, improving the digestion process.
How to do it: Start kneeling down on the floor. Now sit back on your heels. Keep your spine and head straight and your hand on the knees. Hold this position for about 10 minutes and concentrate on your breathing. Return to your normal sitting position.(ALSO READ Best yoga poses for flat tummy: Practice these 5 yoga asanas to reduce belly fat).
5. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half spinal twist pose or Half lord of the fishes pose)
Ardha Matsyendrasana is one of the best yoga asanas for detoxification of the body. It will improve blood circulation, improve digestion, get rid of the toxins and reduce acidity.
How to do it: Start by sitting straight with your legs extended in front of you. Keep your spine straight and your hands on the sides. Now, fold your left knee and bring your left foot near the pelvic region like the crossed leg position. Bend your right knee and bring the right foot over the left knee. Your right foot should be near to your left knee. Now, twist your upper body and bring your left arm across your right knee. You can keep your right arm on your side or behind your back. Hold this position for about a minute and return to the original position. Repeat it on the other side.
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