The kidneys are a pair of organs located in the back of the abdomen. Each kidney is about 4 or 5 inches long — about the size of a fist.
The kidneys’ function are to filter the blood. All the blood in our bodies passes through the kidneys several times a day. The kidneys remove wastes, control the body’s fluid balance, and regulate the balance of electrolytes. As the kidneys filter blood, they create urine, which collects in the kidneys’ pelvis — funnel-shaped structures that drain down tubes called ureters to the bladder.
Each kidney contains around a million units called nephrons, each of which is a microscopic filter for blood. It’s possible to lose as much as 90% of kidney function without experiencing any symptoms or problems.
It is mostly important to keep your kidneys active. In that way, we suggest 9 yoga poses for kidney health:
- Engage the back body to compress the kidneys.
- Do the pose with both sitting bones on the floor. Then twist with the intention to compress the kidneys.
Navasana (with belt)
- Place the belt at the line of the kidneys on your back.
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- Inhale and lift the chest with the hands on the feet.
- Exhale, engage Mula Bandha and press your hands down towards the floor.
- Inhale, keep the actions and lower the chin to the chest to hold the breath IN with 3 bandhas active.
- Release before any anxiety of holding the breath arises.
- Relax on a bolster with gentle compression of your body weight on the kidneys.
Supta Baddha Konasana
- Relax with gentle compression of body weight on the kidneys. Keep the knees supported to stay relaxed.
- Roll from side to side with the knees tucked in towards the chest for a massaging effect on the kidneys (exhale – take the legs down / inhale – bring them up).
- Keep the torso, legs and feet at 90 degrees to each other the whole time, twisting from side to side (exhale – take the legs down / inhale – bring them up).
- Place a blanket on the kidneys to keep them warm.
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