Top 5 Yoga Asanas for Kidney Health

Kidney health is very important as it regulates the digestive and excretory processes of the body. Kidneys filter the waste products into the urine and play a vital role in detoxifying the body. Regular practice of these poses will strengthen your kidneys and they will perform all digestive and detoxifying processes properly.

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist)

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This asana tones the abdominal and pelvic muscles of the body. They stimulate the kidneys thereby regulating the detoxifying processes of the body.

How to Do:

  • Sit with legs spread out.
  • Bend your left leg at the knees.
  • Inhale and stretch your right hand up.
  • Push the left knee in, hold the left ankle and look back from the left side.
  • Stay in the position for 5 breathes or more.
  • Come back to the original position.
  • Repeat with the other hands and legs.

Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)

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Relax your mind and tone your hamstrings with the Paschimottansana. This asana stretches the organs and muscles of the pelvic area thus regulating their functions.

How to Do:

  • Sit on the floor with legs stretched out. Support your buttocks with a towel for better support.
  • Exhale and reach out to your heels and try touching them. Bend your knees slightly if you are a beginner. Extend your spine and lengthen your torso.
  • Touch the shins, ankles, or the back of the feet with your hands, depending upon the flexibility.
  • Do not round your back and let your belly, then chest and then the head touch your legs.
  • Inhale and lengthen your torso.
  • Stay for some time in the pose breathing normally.
  • To release, lift up the torso and go back to the initial pose.

Head-to-Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana)

This toning yoga pose will stimulate the kidneys to perform optimally.

How to Do:

  • Sit on the floor with legs stretched out. Use a blanket under the hips if needed.
  • Inhale, fold the right knee and pull the heel towards your body. Rest this right foot against your left inner thigh.
  • The left leg is stretched out.
  • Inhale and extend both the arms upward.
  • Bring the arms straight up and take a deeper, fuller breath.
  • Now slowly bend forward extending your torso and ensuring that the spine is lifted.
  • Balance your weight evenly on both the sitting sides.
  • Exhale and reach forward to touch the left foot with both hands, or as far as you can reach.
  • Hold this position for several breathes, keeping the abdomen tucked in, chest extended, and left leg pressing against the floor.
  • Slowly return back to the original position.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

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This asana resembles a bow and strengthens the organs of the pelvic region. It tones the kidneys and stimulates all digestive and excretory processes of the body.

How to Do:

  • Lie on your stomach with hands on the sides.
  • Inhale and while you exhale, bend your knees and raise the feet. Hold your ankles with your hands.
  • Inhale, stretch, and lengthen your body while only the belly region touches the floor.
  • Hold the pose breathing for 15-20 breaths.
  • Exhale and come back to the initial position.

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

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Bhujanga Asana improves the blood circulation of the body and improves kidney functions.

How to Do:

  • Lie on your back with palms on the sides of the shoulders.
  • Inhale and lift the upper half of the body.
  • Relax the shoulders and stay in this position for 15-20 seconds. Breathe normally.
  • Exhale and come back to the original position.

Yoga helps in revitalizing the mind and body. It aids in the treatment of certain diseases and also regulates the health of all the organs in our body. These yoga asanas are great for people suffering from kidney problems.