Yoga Poses for Heartburn Relief

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 27, 2018
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  • Acid reflux causes heartburn
  • Yoga can relax the symptoms
  • Legs-up-the-wall pose can relieve heartburn

Bouts of indigestion, burning sensation after one eats and acid reflux indicates that one has a lot of digestive fire that can be extinguished by practicing yoga poses such as supported backbends and inversions to cool the system. Here are some yoga poses for heartburn relief. 

Supported Bridge Pose

Step 1

Lie on your back and place the soles of your feet on the ground. Bend your knees once you are on the ground. Widen the legs hip distance apart. Feel a connection of your upper and lower back with the yoga mat. Breathe three to give times.

Step 2

Grab a yoga block, lift hips and slide the block directly under the sacrum. Release your hips onto the block and bring your arms alongside your thighs with the palms facing up. Ensure that your upper back, feet and shoulders are pressed to the ground. The size of the yoga block varies. Therefore, experiment with the lowest and highest levels to test the one that is comfortable.

Step 3

Hold the supported backbend for about 40 seconds, remove the block from under your body and lower the hips back to the floor. Backbends that are supported help in lifting the diaphragm to free any weight from the stomach. This is the best remedy for disorders of the digestive system.

Legs-up-the-wall Pose

Step 1

To do the legs-up-the-wall pose, face a wall. Ensure that the toes face the wall. Come onto your dorsal and straighten the legs up the wall. Bring the butt as close to the wall as you can. Release the upper dorsal and neck into the ground completely. By now, your body would have attained the “L” shape.

Step 2

Wide open your arms masquerading as if in a T position. Bend the elbows 90 degrees. Face your palms towards the ceiling and rest the forearms on the ground. Widen your legs to hip distance, flex your feet, and imagine that you are standing on the ceiling. Shut your eyes and remain in the legs-up-the-wall pose for about five minutes.

Step 3

Feel your legs releasing tension after a few minutes of being in the pose. Inversions such as the legs-up-the-wall pose increase the blood flow to the abdominal area aiding in digestive problems.

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