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Yoga Poses for Acidity and Back Pain
According to my experience, acidity and back pain are interrelated in people who work on computers all day long. We know there are other problems like carpal tunnel, dry eyes, leg numbness, and painful wrists but as I have been working on computers writing articles and proofreading medical documents for the last 10 years now, I think gastric acidity or acid reflux and back pain are the most common problems that give continuous discomfort to computer users or people doing desk job. Back pain happens because of bad posture and overuse. Acidity and gas happens because whenever we complete a meal, we sit down on the computer to do our work. Acidity happens due to lack of physical activity causing indigestion, which can sometimes lead to constipation also. I admit that I was having both of these problems until I discovered yoga. Now read my advice to help cure your acidity and back pain performing yoga poses.
If you are suffering from acidity, sinus problems, and back pain, I would suggest you some yoga poses I have been doing for the same:
Some asanas or poses are common and some are different for treating different problems, but you need to remember that they make effect slowly which is the natural way to cure a disease. It is better you do them along with sukshma yoga kriyas and simple pranayama or just with bandha or breathing.
For gastric and stomach problems plus back pain, you can do vajrasana all three including sputa vajrasana, mudra vajrasana (also check Yoga Point Forward Bending Poses). You should also do pawanmuktasana, janushirasana, paschimottanasana, halasana, matsyendrasana (check ardha matsyendrasana picture below), mayurasana (advance yoga poses need flexibility and practice), bhujangasana. Along with these, one should practice mula bandha and uddiyan bandha for benefits.
For sinus, the gaja karni or kunjal kriya are the best. You should always do kapalbhati after these exercises. Do this kriya once or twice a week and do anulom vilom in padmasana, sukhasana, or matsyasana postures (check youtube video for anulom vilom).
Youtube video for learning anulom vilom yoga exercise
Avoid forward bending yoga poses as paschimottanasana or janushirasana in case of severe unrelenting back pain. It depends on your condition of problem. If your back pain is minor, then you can do them also. Yoga is always done in balance which means right posture to balance left and forward bending to balance reverse. If your attempted poses are giving you strength benefits, then don’t drop them. Also these poses are for making body flexible so the body pain becomes nil for the daily yoga practitioner but don’t try to do anything forcefully. First do and take rest to see if it creates problem in your back and if you find improvement, then spend more time in doing vajrasana (check video tutorial), bhujangasana, and chakrasana. These three special yoga poses have the ability to cure slip disk problems to some extent.
Change your diet plan and drink boiled or warm water instead of normal one to reduce stomach problems. Preserve water in copper glass or jugs for at least 8 hours or overnight and start drinking that water in the morning, this tip is very beneficial for people having constipation accompanied with acidity and reflux. Avoid heavy foods with yoga. Each yoga pose will need at least 3 continuous minutes for a beneficial effect.
For overall relief from general health problems, start doing around 40 to 50 surya namaskars in a day followed by savasana (corpse pose). If you are not comfortable to this first start workouts for a week or two with small poses practicing like vajrasana, tadasana, vrikshasana leading towards shavasana. Warming up and cooling down is very important with yoga training. Diet control is also very important. Take everything but in control and moderation. Another important advice is to never let your body starve at all, eat something nutritious every two hours and have warm water 3 to 4 glasses per day. After developing more flexibility and strength, start doing Hindu push ups (dand baithak exercise), halasana, chakrasana, janushirasana, matsyasana as mentioned above. Also remember that halasana is a very special yoga pose for fat reduction (check two halasana variations in pics above) and surya namaskar asana is good for flexibility and complete body balance. The ideal timings for doing surya namaskar pose for all its benefits are the timings of rising and dawn but best spiritual timing is 3.30 am, but if you have access to peaceful surroundings, then you can do all yogic asanas in both morning and evening, but you must always follow the precaution of empty stomach.
Vajrasana Yoga Pose for Beginners
So above were a few yoga poses and exercises for relief of stomach problems, sinus disorders, back pain, and some general health conditions. These yoga postures have helped me get rid of acidity, heartburn, and back pain issues and will definitely help you come out of these problems so that you are able to work effectively in the office or at home. Problems like back pain and acidity should not become a hurdle in your career growth and development.