Yoga For Patients With Kidney Transplant

By Patricia | April 21, 2009
Yoga For Kidney Health

Yoga asanas or poses offer a variety of health benefits for all of us, but there are special sequences recommended on the basis of prevalent health conditions. It is best that you avoid practicing any poses without the advice of your instructor and physician, but in the meantime there are certain poses that especially beneficial to the kidneys. You can include these in your routine. In addition, they also serve certain specific benefits that are enumerated alongside.

  1. Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose) – It gently stretches and strengthens even inflexibly tight hamstrings.
  2. Marjaryasana (Cat Pose) – Provides a gentle massage to your entire spine and abdominal organs.
  3. Bitilasana (Cow Pose) – This pose is a very gentle and easy way to warm up your spine.
  4. Paripurna Navasana (Full Boat Pose) – This pose is an excellent abdominal and deep hip flexor strengthener. It calls for you to balance on the tripod of your tailbone and sit bones.
  5. Ardha Bhekasana (Half Frog Pose) – This is more than a just backbend. It opens up your shoulders, chest, and thighs all at once.
  6. Janu Sirshasana (Head to Knee Forward Bend) – This is more than a forward bend for all levels of students; it is also a very effective spinal twist.
  7. Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose) – Nataraja is another name for Lord Shiva, whose dance signifies cosmic energy. This pose improves your sense of balance, concentration and coordination.
  8. Marichyasana I (Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi, I) – Marichi is considered to be the Adam of the Vedic era, as well as the “father” of humanity. This pose has overall benefits on the body and mind.
  9. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend) – The Seated Forward Bend greatly helps stretch the spine and unwind a distracted mind.
  10. Sethu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) – It rejuvenates tired legs and calms the brain.
  11. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) – It helps promote flexibility in your spine and opens up the chest.
  12. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) – This is one of the most widely recognized yoga poses and is used all the time in Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). It gives the body an overall, rejuvenating stretch.
  13. Parighasana (Gate Pose) – Twists your torso and gives your spine a thorough stretch.
  14. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose) – This wonderful twist energizes your spine and helps stimulates your digestive system.
  15. Kapotasana (King Pigeon Pose) – An extremely deep backbend, it invigorates the whole body giving your spirits a lift.

Please Note:

  1. Try and avoid any but the above poses until you are certified perfectly healthy by your doctor.
  2. Go easy on your abs during the warm up exercises. Warm up slowly and steadily.
  3. See that all your movements are smooth and gentle. Take care to avoid sudden, jerky movements.
  4. Don’t push yourself to the point of exhaustion. From time to time, pull back, take a breather into “Balasana” (Child's pose). In fact, try taking a break the moment you feel the lease discomfort or exhaustion.
  5. When practicing Yoga, you should always "listen to your body".
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