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Yoga For Hemmorhoids

by Arundhati Baitmangalkar

Hemorrhoids is a common problem amongst people. It can happen to anyone. Men are usually a little more affected by this than women. But the good new? It can be healed and prevented through the practice of yoga and leading a life of mindful choices.

What are hemorrhoids

  • Also known as piles, hemorrhoids are formed with the veins around the anus are enlarged, engorged with blood, and irritated.
  • Symptoms include discomfort, itchiness, and/or swelling around the anus.

What are the main causes of Hemorrhoids?

  • Consistent heavy lifting / strain.
  • Obesity, or having other constant strain on the body.
  • Standing too much without taking a break to sit.
  • Sitting for long periods of time on the toilet.
  • Straining during bowel movements.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Anal intercourse.
  • Pregnancy.
  • A diet low in fiber.

Yoga poses for Hemorrhoids

Yoga poses that help bring blood flow back to the pelvis and anus region of the body are good for healing hemorrhoids, and helps to cope with the pain and discomfort. 

Vipreeta Karani – Legs Up The Wall

This pose helps to bring back blood flow to the pelvis and anal area, and helps to release any pressure built up in the lower abdomen. This pose can be used as a substitute for sarvangasana (shoulder stand).

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Pavanamuktasana – Wind Releasing Pose.

This pose is a great way to release the pressure on the abdomen. The soft pressing of the legs against the abdomen is a good way of stimulating the organs. The gentle massage keeps them in a healthy state.
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Malasana – Garland Pose

Practice this pose if possible, with consideration of pain and discomfort. This pose helps to pool the blood in the pelvis/anal area. This position is also very good for expelling waste products from the body. The organs are least strained, and in fact massaged to relieve pressure in the abdomen. Supta Matsyasana/ Supta Konasana.
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Matsyasana – Fish Pose

This pose helps to pool the blood in the pelvic region of the body as well. It is also a good pose for stimulating the digestive organs, and to improving breathing, bringing about a sense of lightness in the chest cavity.

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