We have a plethora of cuisine options and fast food for our choosing at the touch of a button. And, often our food choices include tasty dishes that add little or no nutritional value to our systems. This has given rise to a number of stomach and digestive-related issues.

Grand Master Akshar told HerZindagi that "acidity is one of the most common problems that most of us are faced with regularly. If you are someone who suffers occasionally from mild symptoms of bloating, gas and acidity, turn to healing practices such as yoga. By making a few lifestyle changes, you can easily control acid reflux and eliminate it altogether."

Stress And Other Causes

  • Stress and anxiety are one of the biggest causes for acidity
  • Consumption of alcohol and smoking
  • Consumption of non-vegetarian food
  • Excessive oily, fatty, processed and junk foods
  • Lack of exercise
  • Improper sleep cycles
  • Caffeine before bed etc.

All these factors in isolation or combined can cause gastric-related disorders. Lack of sleep and lack of physical exercise leads to poor functioning of the digestive system leading to disorders such as acid reflux.

Here are some yoga asanas shared by Akshar that may be able to help you out.

Yoga Asanas

Prapadasana (Tip Toe Pose)

parapadasana

Formation 

  • Begin in Malasana or Vajrasana
  • Place your feet parallel to each other and slowly lift your heels off the floor.
  • Balance your body on your toes and make sure that your back is straight.
  • Stretch out your arms on the knees and mind focus between your eyebrows.
  • Stay in this pose for 10-20 seconds.
  • Repeat this for 3 sets.

Shalabasana (Locust Pose)

shalabasana

Formation

  • Lying down on your stomach, make sure your palms placed under your shoulders.
  • Keep your feet slightly apart and your toes should be turned inwards.
  • Stretch both arms forward and inhale. 
  • Then lift your head, arms, chest and legs up.
  • With your back muscles, balance yourself on your stomach
  • Slowly exhale and bring down your torso.

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Hastha Badha Malasana (Waste Evacuation Pose Variation)

hastha

Formation 

  • Stand straight and place your arms on either ides of the body. 
  • Bend your knees, lower your pelvis and place it over your heels.
  • Your feet must remain flat on the floor.
  • You can place your palms on the floor beside your feet or even join them in front of your chest like we do when praying. 
  • Keep your spine straight. 

Bhekasana (Frog Pose)

bhekasana

  • Place your palms and knees in a tabletop position.
  • Spread the knees out and align your heels behind your knees.
  • Make your toes point outwards by flexing your feet. 
  • Walk your hands forward and place your forearms on the ground.
  • Try lifting your stomach away from the ground.
  • Align your shoulders over your elbows and put your body weight on your forearms and hands.
  • Relax and allow your hips to hang heavy.

Prevention of gastric and other stomach-related disorders begins with mindful eating. You should also reduce or avoid excessive intake of caffeine, carbonated drinks, tobacco, and alcohol. Try not to sleep immediately after consuming a meal. Vajrasana is a great pose that you can hold for even as long as 10 minutes as it aids in the digestion process.

Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more on yoga and ways to combat acidity.