Countering Irritable Bowel Syndrome through Yoga


It may be assumed that if you are reading this feature you or someone known to you is suffering from the IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). You know the pain, constipation, bloating and diarrhea that the IBS causes. Yoga is one science that can help you get rid of the syndrome.

Why Yoga?

Well, why not? It is an ancient science that originated in India thousands of years ago, during the Vedic age. For thousands of years Indians have known about this remarkable holistic healing and calming science. Yoga works on the physical as well as the psychological levels and is known to have cure for several diseases. You need to be patient while practicing Yoga, as it will take time to show results.

When you practice the different Asanas (poses), your internal organs are massagedand muscles are toned.As a result, many ailments including IBS are cured. The connection of the body and mind is known to most of us. Yoga helps in getting rid of stress, bestowing relaxation and healing.The irritable bowel movements may cause distress and emotional stress, Yoga is a reliever for that.

The time factor

The symptoms do not develop overnight, same goes for the cure. While following a Yoga regime for the cure of IBS, keep in mind that the healing will take its time. You have to be patient and not give up your practice. In due course of time, you will start liking Yoga because of the overall health benefits that it delivers. We advise you to follow the advice of your doctoralong with the Yoga sessions. Dropping any medicine on your own is not advisable. If you feel there is an improvement in the symptoms, consult your doctor before leaving any medication.

Asanas that will help in IBS

Each Asana in Yoga has numerous benefits, albeit they may be performed for a specific benefit. Here are some Asanas that will help in curing the Irritable bowel syndrome.

  • Pavanmuktasana

The literal meaning of the asana is ‘wind relieving pose’. When this asana is performed the gastrointestinal system gets massaged andexcessive wind or gas in the body is released.

  • Bhujangasana

This pose is also known as the Cobra pose. This asana will help in improving blood circulation in the body along with toning the muscles of the abdomen. Bhujangasana helps in relieving stress and fatigue.

  • Marjariasana

Mental relaxation will help you ease the bowel movements. The Marjariasana or the Cat pose relaxes your mind and tones the abdomen. It will improve your digestion as well.

  • ArdhaMatsyendrasana

In this asana there is mild twist given to the spine. Not only does it benefit the spine, the adrenal glands, liver and kidneys get massaged. The twist works on the stomach and aids in digestion.

  • Ustrasana

The ustrasana or the camel pose works on the stomach, back, and chest regions. The asana will help you counter fatigue and stress along with menstrual issues. The stretch is experienced on the chest region also, hence it aids in respiratory issues too.

  • Ananda Balasana

The name of the asana is interesting as it translates to ‘Happy child pose’. The asana stimulates the entire nervous system, helps in easing digestion and energies the body.

  • Dhanurasana

In this asana, the abdomen experiences a lot of stress, which benefits the abdominal muscles and aids in digestion. The dhanurasana or the bow pose helps in overcoming the menstrual issues also.

These are plenty of asanas to perform for the IBS. Remember regular practice is the key to get results. We also suggest learning these poses from a qualified instructor

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