Yoga Asana For Abdomen

(March 9, 2009)

Hi, I am 23 years old unmarried. All of a sudden my abdomen got increased within 6 months and also I am fat, so I want the suggestions that which asana would be better????

It isn’t normal to put on a lot of weight and abdominal swelling or weight gain, in a matter of just 6 months, unless your diet has changed radically. If you are a young lady, we suggest you see a doctor immediately and get your thyroid checked. This could be a thyroid problem. We shall also prescribe certain Yoga practices that are bound to help and even take care of your thyroid problem, in the event it shows up in a medical report.Yoga Asana and Postures For AbdomenLimbering and loosening up exercises should be followed by 2 – 3 rounds of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations).

Standing Positions

Tadasana (Palm Tree or Mountain pose)
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
Padangusthasana (Toe to hand pose)
Padahastasana (Forehead to knee pose)

Sitting Positions


  • Janu Sirshasana ((Forehead to single knee pose)
  • Paschimottanasana (Forehead to both knees pose)
  • Ushtrasana (Camel pose)
  • Marichyasana (Pose dedicated to the sage Marichi)
  • Kati Uttanasana (Sitting Forward Bend) and
  • Simhasana (Lion pose).

Supine Positions

  • Single Leg and Double Leg Raises
  • Purvottanasana (Inclined Plane)
  • Navasana (Boat pose)
  • Chakrasana (Wheel pose)
  • Sethu Bandhasana (Bridge formation pose)
  • Halasana (Plough pose)
  • Matsyasana (Fish pose)

Prostrate Positions

  • Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog pose)
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
  • Dhanurasana (Bow pose)
  • Shalabhasana (Locust pose)

Inverted Positions

  • Sirshasana (Corpse pose)
  • Viparita Karani (Legs against the wall pose)
  • Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) is the most beneficial Yogasana (posture) for you. This pose throws open your thyroid gland particularly when you insert your chin into the hollow of your throat. This way you help drive healthy, oxygenated blood directly into the neck and strengthen your thyroid glands. The Shoulder Stand puts a lot of positive, stimulating pressure on the thyroid, which has far-reaching effects on its functioning. Soon after Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand), we’d advise you to practise Matsyasana (Fish pose) for double benefits.

Balancing Positions

  • Vrikshasana (Tree pose)
  • Garudasana (Eagle pose)
  • Kakasana (Crow pose)

Pranayama (Yoga breathing exercises)

These pranayamas (breathing exercises) always have a therapeutic effect on the body and in particular on the thyroid gland.

Kapalabhatti (Skull cleansing)
Anuloma-Viloma (Alternate nostril breathing)
Ujjayi (Ocean breath)

Kriyas (Cleansing techniques)

  • Jala Neti (Cleansing Nasal passages with water)
  • Sutra Neti (Cleansing Nasal passages with rubber catheter)
  • Vaman Dhauti (Cleansing stomach by vomit water on empty stomach)

Yogic diet

We always prescribe a Sattvic (light, simple and predominantly vegetarian) Yogic diet for all diseases. There is no sidestepping this vital aspect of Yoga. A good, healthy Yogic diet will do a lot, by itself, to help improve and even heal you. So, resort to a Yogic diet with generous servings of seasonal fruit and salads. Have 4 light meals a day, get adequate exercise and rest and avoid snacking between meals. Most of all, particularly in the case of thyroid sufferers, you must avoid all fast / junk foods, deep fried, fatty and spicy foods.

Submitted by A on March 9, 2009 at 04:36

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