yoga practices for reducing acidity

what causes acidity?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid repeatedly flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach. This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus. When you swallow, a circular band of muscle around the bottom of your esophagus relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow into your stomach. Then the sphincter closes again. If the sphincter does not relax as it should or it weakens, stomach acid can flow back into your esophagus. This constant backwash of acid irritates the lining of your esophagus, often causing it to become inflamed.

symptoms of acidity

  • A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), usually after eating, which might be worse at night or while lying down
  • Backwash (regurgitation) of food or sour liquid
  • Upper abdominal or chest pain
  • Trouble swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Sensation of a lump in your throat

yogic remedy

vajrasana

procedure

  • Sit down on a flat floor or yoga mat. Fold the knees and ankles backwards and point the feet in line with your legs. The bottoms of the feet should face upward touching the big toes.
  • Keep your spine, neck and head straight. 
  • Keep the right palm on the right knee and the left palm on the left knee with elbows in a straight line.
  • Only asana that could be done after any meal.
  • To come out of Vajrasana, slowly raise the glutes and thighs of your lower legs, until you are back into a kneeling position.

trikonasana

procedure

  • Stand and keep a distance more than shoulder width between legs.
  • Extend both your arms sideways and keep them level with the shoulders.
  • While inhaling slowly, raise the left arm and bend the body towards the right, with the right arm pointing downwards, with fingers pointed at your toes.
  • Stay in this position for 30 secs.
  • Repeat the same on the other side.

setu bandhasana

procedure

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the mat, hip-distance apart. Bring your arms alongside your body, palms down.
  • As you inhale lift your hips.
  • Hold this pose for 30 secs.
  • Exhale as you release your hands and slowly lower yourself to the mat.

malasana

procedure

  • Come to stand with your feet about mat’s width apart.
  • Bend the knees and come into a squat.
  • Take your upper arms inside your knees and bend the elbows to bring the palms together into prayer position keep your spine straight.
  • Stay here for 1 minute then straighten the legs to come out.
  • Try repeating the pose 5 times.

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