5 Best Yoga Asanas To Treat Kidney Stones March 30, 2015

Yoga is one of the most popular spiritual and physical healing systems in the world. Fun to do, healthy for the body, and calming to the mind, Yoga is a complete workout. So, it follows that yoga can help solve many problems including cold, cough, congestion and indigestion.

Yoga can also help you get relief from the symptoms of kidney stones, and in some cases, help break these stones down as well. How? Well, by performing certain asanas, you can reduce the symptoms and help dissolve the stones as well. Read this post and learn about yoga postures that prevent and cure kidney stones.

1. Cobra Pose Or Bhujangasana:

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One of the most important poses for the body, The Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana helps relieve kidney stone pain and lessens your chances of contracting it.

To Perform It:

  1. Lie down on your stomach on a mat or the floor.
  2. Ensure that your legs are flat, and your hips, thighs and toes are touching the ground.
  3. Keeping your lower body grounded, lift your torso and begin arching your back.
  4. Continue arching your back until you feel a stretch.
  5. Hold this pose for 10-15 seconds.
  6. Get back to starting position.
  7. Remember to lower your torso slowly, as jerky movements can trigger side effects (1).

2. Child’s Pose (Balasana):

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The Balasana stimulates the CNS, promotes digestion, eases stomach cramps and rids you off flatulence. Child’s pose also helps you get relief from the symptoms of kidney stones and helps prevent the onset of stones.

To Perform It:

  1. Begin by kneeling down on a mat.
  2. Now keep your arms on the sides.
  3. Proceed to tuck your chest under your thighs.
  4. Begin bending forward and keep going until your forehead touches the mat.
  5. Hold this pose for 25-30 seconds.
  6. Come back to starting position.
  7. Repeat (2).

3. Wind Releasing Pose/Wind Removing Pose/Wind Liberating Pose (Pawanmuktasana):

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Another pose that helps solve many stomach problems, primarily designed to help rid you of constipation and making you break wind, (Pawan: wind, Mukta: release Asana: pose). This asana helps people with Kidney stones.

To Perform It:

  1. Roll onto your back.
  2. Hold your right knee and bring it up to the chest.
  3. Now begin rocking sideways to gently massage your abdominal organs.
  4. Taking a few deep breaths, switch to the other leg and resume rocking.
  5. Rest for 10 seconds.
  6. Repeat (3).

4. Camel Pose (Ustrasana):

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The camel pose or Ustrasana is an essential pose for clearing congestion and improving digestion. Moreover, performing the camel pose regularly can help you ease the symptoms of kidney stones and even prevent them.

To Perform It:

  1. Kneel down on a yoga mat or the floor.
  2. Keep your hands by the side of your body.
  3. Begin bending back and go on until you feel a stretch in your back.
  4. With your arms, try and hold your heels.
  5. Hold the pose for 5-10 seconds before you release.
  6. Get back to starting position.
  7. Repeat.

Note:

You can make the asana easier by keeping your hands on your hips and bending back until you feel a stretch (4).

5. Anulom-Vilom (Alternate Nostril Breathing):

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This is one of the most effective pranayama techniques that helps eliminate congestion, reduces breathing problems, clears digestive problems and also inhibits kidney stone formation. It has been found to help ease kidney stone pain as well.

To Perform It:

  1. Begin by sitting down in Sukhasana or Padmasana.
  2. Now using your left hand’s index finger, proceed to cover your right nostril.
  3. Inhale through your left nostril and hold your breath.
  4. Now take your right hand and cover your left nostril and exhale through your right nostril.
  5. Continue switching your index fingers and nostrils until you have performed 15 repetitions with each nostril (5).

Try these yoga asanas and reduce your chances of having kidney stones. Tell us whether these poses helped you. Share your progress below by commenting in the box below.