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Yoga Poses to Manage Chronic Kidney Disease

Post by on Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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Yoga originated in India and it has more than 5000 years of history. Some people regard it as a fashionable fitness, but it can be beneficial in various chronic diseases including kidney failure.
There is a lack of good scientific data about the benefits of yoga directly on progression of CKD but absence of evidence does not mean evidence of absence.  There are several studies that have shown that yoga is beneficial in control of blood pressure as well as helps in improving blood sugar control. Diabetes is the commonest cause of chronic kidney disease and it has been established beyond doubt that improved blood pressure control helps in slowing progression of CKD regardless of the cause.
Even after kidney transplant, the better the blood pressure control, the longer the life of the transplanted kidney. Thus there is enough indirect evidence that yoga is beneficial in patients with kidney diseases.  However, it should be done under expert supervision. There are many other poses in yoga; you can choose those that are suitable for you under the guidance of a professional practitioner.
In a word, practicing yoga can promote metabolism, blood circulation and help discharge more metabolic wastes and toxins. It can improve endocrine functions and help repair damaged tissues. It can strengthen physical fitness and enhance immunity. It can make the mind peaceful and ease pressure and chronic pains. They also assist in managing water retention in the body. This enables sound sleep schedules and hence better rest. A well-rested body is better able to perform functions such as regulation of water in the body and stabilizing the heartbeat.
Though yoga is safe, not every kidney failure patient can do all the poses. For example, if the patients have polycystic kidney disease, bending and other positions that can cause pressures on the abdomen and back should be avoided. If the patients have high blood pressure or lower back pain, leg lifts should be avoided. It is necessary to practice yoga while watching some professional practitioner or under the teacher’ guidance if you are a beginner of yoga. Yoga asanas are known to increase relaxation. There are many poses in yoga that are suitable for kidney failure patients and they have been practiced and have been suggested to be beneficial in improving kidney functions. Of these I recommend these 5 simple ones :
1.    Cobra pose :In this a person  lies on his belly with hands flat on the floor on each side and inhales and extends the spine forward, lifts the chest and head off the floor. One needs to make sure that the legs and feet are parallel and hold this position for several breaths. This can help put mild pressure on the kidneys and revitalize the kidney functions.
2.    Lifting legs: This is a very simple pose that can  be easily practiced by people of all ages. In this asana a person lies on the back, inhales and raises the legs to 30, 60 and then 90 degrees, each holding for 10 seconds.
3.    Camel pose: In this asana; the person kneels on the floor, extends the spine, opens the chest and reaches for the feet. One needs to make sure that thighs are perpendicular to the floor and the toes are tucked. This posture can help improve blood circulation as well as the body’s circulating system.
4.    Breath exercises are also very simple and can be done by anyone and anywhere.  In Anulom vilom,   a person needs to  inhale through the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril and then inhale with the right nostril and exhale through the left one. These alternate nostril breath exercises can promote blood circulation. Besides this Kapaal Bhaarti and Bhastrika are also anytime anywhere aasanas. All these are best done first thing in the morning
5.    Paschimottanasana : In this aasana you bend forwards and try to touch your toes .
Thus yoga keeps the internal organs healthy, balances the various systems in the body, and effectively controls the stress of the body and mind. Some of the yoga asanas and pranayamas facilitate internal cleansing rituals that ensure the flushing out of toxins from the body. This also ensures that blood flows to various parts of the body, keeping it fresh and energetic.
So remember ‘A Yoga session a Day’ helps keep Kidney disease away
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