Millions of people across the globe are in lockdown which has also reduced physical activity, this seems to be the perfect time to give yourself some much needed time to try out some yoga exercises. Now that you are restricted from any outdoor movements you may end up with constipation apart from your other half telling you that you’re full of sh*t in general.
Digestive issues are most likely to creep up on you like constipation but before popping a pill for relief, give this yoga pose a try. The Vajrasana, also known as the Diamond Pose or Thunderbolt is known to aid the bowel movements.
Taking to Instagram, Rujuta Diwekar recently shared how the asana can be your friend in need.
She also explained some common mistakes that could be causing constipation:
— If you drink a lot of coffee and tea.
— If you do not follow a disciplined schedule to sleep and wake up.
— If you put too much pressure while on the toilet seat.
As per the celebrity nutritionist, Vajrasana can be practised by anyone as long as they can bend their knees. She also demonstrated how the pose can be practised using Iyengar Yoga props like a block or a bolster and a blanket.
How to do Vajrasana
*Bend your knees. Roll your calf muscles out. Point your toes behind. Sit. Release the buttocks in between the heels. Sit for 4-5 minutes in this pose.
*If you have trouble sitting in this posture, you can alternatively use a block to sit on.
*If you have been constipated for more than a week, try this Vajrasana variation using a blanket.
-Get a blanket, fold it and then roll it.
-Put it on your mid-calf muscles and release yourself down.
-Ensure your hips are down. Press the hamstrings against the blanket.
Diwekar recommended that one should do Vajrasana at least 4-5 times a day for at least 4-5 minutes. Maintaining a straight posture and upright spine can do the trick.
Benefits of Vajrasana
- aiding in digestion
- relieving or preventing constipation
- strengthening pelvic muscles
*The pose is known to be quite effective in hatha yoga for the stomach, liver, and uterus, and is also known to help the lower back.
Vajrasana is one of the best poses for concentration and meditation. It offers other benefits, such as:
- helping keep the mind calm and stable
- curing digestive acidity and gas formation
- helping to relieve knee pain
- strengthening thigh muscles
- helping to relieve back pain
- strengthening sexual organs
- helping in treatment of urinary problems
- increasing blood circulation to the lower abdominal region
- helping to reduce obesity
- helping reduce menstrual cramps
- a knee problem or have recently undergone knee surgery
- a spinal cord condition, especially with the lower vertebrae
- intestinal ulcers, a hernia, or any other intestinal problems such as an ulcer or herni