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June 20,2019
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5 Yoga Poses To Learn This International Yoga Day For A Healthier Liver

Come 21st June 2019, the world will be celebrating the 5th International Yoga Day. Yoga is a technique that brings strength, harmony and awareness within the human body. One of the main benefits of Yoga is its ability to revitalize the internal organs in the body.

Liver happens to be the largest internal organ in the human body. This vital organ is a tireless worker, playing a key role in almost all of the bodily functions. Yoga is one of the best methods to recover liver health without depending on medicines.

There are various Yoga Asanas that stimulate the detoxification of the liver, removing harmful toxins from the human body. The following list includes the top 5 Asanas that invigorate liver health.

1. Kapalbhati Pranayama

Kapalbhati Pranayama is a powerful breathing exercise which not only cleanses the liver but also helps to achieve perfect balance within the body. The word Kapalbhati literally translates to ‘the shining forehead’, as the regular practice of this asana is known to generate radiance in the face.

Kapalbhati Pranayama involves sitting cross-legged on a flat, smooth surface. One should inhale deeply and breathe out forcefully through the nostrils. The focus in particular should be on the exhalation part. It is recommended to do this asana every day for 15 mins for fortifying the liver health.

Who Should Not Do Kapalbhati Pranayama

  • Pregnant women
  • People suffering from hernia
  • People with heart disease

2. Ardha Matsyendrasana

Also known as the ‘Lord of the Fishes Pose’, Ardha Matsyendrasana is a yoga asana which when done properly, stimulates and invigorates the liver which is damaged by stress, apoptosis, fibrosis and inflammation.

Ardha Matsyendrasana is performed by sitting cross-legged, crossing the left foot over the right foot. The knees should be raised above the surface, pointing upwards. Then the right hand should be moved over the left leg, holding the left up.

Who Should Not Do Ardha Matsyendrasana

  • Pregnant and Menstruating Women due to strong twist in the abdomen.
  • People with post heart, abdominal or brain surgery.
  • People with a slipped disc or severe spine problems.

3. Gomukhasana (Cow Pose)

Gomukhasana or Cow Pose is one of the best yoga asanas for people suffering from Liver Cirrhosis. This exercise energizes the liver, getting the oxygen and blood flowing freely which supports a faster removal of toxins from the body.

Gomukhasana is performed by squatting on the surface with one leg crossed over the other, enabling the spine to stretch out. The hands should be on the back with one over the shoulder and the other over the rib area, finally clasping both of them.

Who Should Not Do Gomukhasana

  • People suffering from knee, shoulder and neck pains.
  • Pregnant women after the first trimester.

4. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose is a fitting yoga exercise for those who are suffering from fatty liver diseases. The whole body is stretched by doing this asana, allowing greater blood flow within the body.

To perform Bhujangasana, one should lie down with face downwards. The right palm should be placed next to the right shoulder and the left palm to the left. Keeping the weight on the upper body, the chest should be slowly lifted, facing towards the ceiling.

Who Should Not Do Bhujangasana

  • Pregnant women (under any circumstances)
  • People suffering from hernia
  • People with back injuries

5. Marjariasana (Cat Pose)

The biggest benefit of performing Marjariasana is that it supports the bile secretion of the liver. Marjariasana or cat stretch, massages the stomach and spine, which are the primary areas of the body that protect the liver. This yoga asana also improves the overall posture of the body.

To perform Marjariasana, one should kneel on all fours. The hands should then be placed directly under the shoulders and the knees perpendicular to the hips. The asana should be first done keeping the back straight after before slowly curving it towards the ceiling.

Who Should Not Do Marjariasana

  • People with neck injuries
  • People suffering from knee pain
  • Pregnant Women

The yoga asanas listed above are one of the best natural methods to cleanse the liver. Nevertheless, it is recommended that one should also adopt a healthy diet and a moderately active lifestyle which can boost the vitality of all the internal organs including the liver. Drinking plenty of water can also help in flushing out the toxins from the body.

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