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Will Yoga Answer India’s Chronic Constipation Problem?

As India heralds the massive participation in International Yoga Day on Sunday, leaving aside protesting voices on religious tones, focus is on its merits, especially what it can do to answer the country’s chronic constipation problem.

A recent survey revealed that 14% of Indians suffer from constipation and the film PIKU by Amitabh Bachchan was able to highlight the subtle problem many wish not to discuss openly. Now that the yoga day is on, the problem of constipation could be seen as a national problem requiring an immediate attention and answer.

Symptoms of constipation vary from mild to major but the moment you get up, a bloated feeling with gas, acidity, uneasiness, pain and loss of appetite haunt you throuhgout your morning chores and if you are not an exercise enthusiast or a morning walker, it doubles and stays for months at a stretch.

The survey conducted in six major cities showed that 14% of urban dwellers wake up to worry about the chronic problem associated with long-time sitting posture in the office and some have complained that for three days they do not get things flushed out.

If one undergoes the three-day cycle, then it is chronic constipation requiring medical intervention, or else prolonged negligence leads to piles and related heamorrhoids and fissures, straining colon and intestine, say doctors.

LifeStyle Problem?

New lifestyle in cities is alarmingly stressful and prone to constipation with ready-to-eat junk food taking the larger blame for the constipation followed by prolonged hours in the office in a sitting posture. Leaving aside exercise, even physical activity is increasingly narrowed doen to sitting in an office in front of a computer and ordering online for all daily needs. Life has become easy for many but living through this lifestlye has become difficult for the Indian lifestyle.

In fact, Indian food is generic enough to answer most of the body requirements for free bowel movement in the morning, say Yoga experts. While food is an important feature of yoga, stomach-based asanas come handy for those who can spare half-an-hour daily for them.

5 Yoga Postures:

Essentially, yoga answers all the body problems including constipation but here are five asanas recommended by PM Narendra Modi himself. “Practicing Vakrasana is very beneficial,” said Modi in his tweet ahead of the #YogaDay along with a video of the same. Also known as the Ardha Matsyendrasana or the half spinal twist pose.

Image courtesy: Yogaanatomy.net

Vikrasana (Image courtesy: Yogaanatomy.net)

1.Vikrasana is simple to do. Sit with legs stretched, bend the right leg and bring it to your left knee and keep your right hand behind and left hand over the right knee in a twisted posture.

Repeat it the other way next. It makes the spine flexible and makes kidneys active, good for constipation patients and even those with diabetes.

All Images courtesy: Artofliving (www.artofliving.org/yoga)

2.Ardha-Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist Pose) stimulates the pancreas, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, and ascending and descending colons, thus improving bowel movements and providing relief from constipation.

3. Halasana (Plough Pose)

This posture provides comfort to the liver and intestine as the inversion posture which increases blood circulation in the pelvic area and boosts digestion and eases constipation.

4. Pavanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose) as the name suggests, this posture helps release gas from the body, a common trouble for those who suffer from chronic constipation. The asana helps to cure other stomach ailments like digestive disorders, including dyspepsia. It also helps in relieving acid reflux which is caused by indigestion.

5. Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose)

It is simple but sitting in this posture even while you are at leisure is a key to make your bowels flexible and bending forward improves the digestive system and also relieves gas, cramping and bloating of stomach. The posture also helps in reducing stress which is necessary for good digestion.



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