Constipation is a common problem. Every woman in her lifetime faces this problem at some point in time. This condition should be treated or else it could lead to many more serious problems. The main problem with constipation is that the stool becomes hard and the person is unable to pass it with ease. Yoga could help a person to overcome constipation. The following asanas have proven to be helpful.
Common Causes of Constipation. Main causes are wrong diet and unhealthy lifestyle i.e, lack of dietary fiber, insufficient water intake, excessive tea/ coffee drinking, frequent use of laxatives, weakness of abdominal muscles due to sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, emotional stress and strain, frequent traveling and pregnancy. Certain medical conditions or medications may also contribute to your constipation. Sometimes, delaying the natural urge to pass stools can also lead to constipation.
Yoga for Constipation Surya Namaskara- The Sun Salutation is a prayer in motion. Surya namaskar consists of a sequence of twelve postures performed continuously and combined with synchronized breathing. Each position counteracts the preceding one producing a balance between flexions and extensions. Surya Namaskar has several benefits. It activates almost all the glands of the endocrinal system. Because of this internal activation, the pancreas, adrenal, thyroid, pituitary and some other glands begin to secrete their respective hormones in normal way. Surya Namaskara corrects disorders of the pancreas, liver and cure constipation, wind troubles, indigestion, acidity, intestinal disorder.
Pavanamukta Asana- The Sanskrit word pavana means air or wind and mukta means freedom or release, therefore this is the "wind relieving posture" so named because it assists in releasing trapped digestive gas from the stomach and intestines. It is also improves other gastrointestinal problems like upset stomachs and constipation by stimulating the abdominal region.
Hala Asana- Halasana means a plough. Stretching our body in a way that resembles the plough is called as Halasana. This particular Asana helps us building our muscles, especially the back muscles, regulates the blood flow in our body and would regulate constipation due to weak abdominal muscles. This Asana can be performed for duration of couple of minutes.
Tada Asana- The proper execution and continual practice of the tada-asana along with other postures helps to re-train the body to stand correctly and reverse the negative effects of poor posture. Many common ailments and discomforts can be traced to poor posture. If the spine is not properly aligned or if there is tightness or stiffness in the back, the result is often an imbalance in the body. When this imbalance becomes chronic many kinds of disorders arise in the organs, glands and nervous system.
The Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)- Stretching the legs on the ground like a stick and catching hold of the toes with the hands and curving the body like a bow is called Dhanurasana. Bow posture keeps the spine healthy and flexible, removes the nervous debility and helpful in relieving the pitta disorders and constipation, improves digestion and massage entire back.
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