Published By: Nirtika Pandita

Yoga asanas to achieve a healthy liver

 These are simple and easy to perform at home..

The functioning of a healthy gut, as well as the liver, is very important. It is post digestion that the liver starts to secret juices that are good as well as help flush out the toxic waste out. A healthy liver also helps the body maintain a healthy blood sugar level, as it is the liver that supplies glucose to the blood when needed. At the same time, the liver helps remove glucose from the blood when it comes out in excess. While there are medications, there are a few yoga asanas that can help make the liver healthy.

Balasana or the Child Pose

Sit down on your knees, keeping the spine erect.

Now, slowly bend forwards making your chest touch your thighs and arms stretched straight in the front.

Keep bending forwards until the head stretches beyond the knee and is touching the ground.

Facing downwards on the floor, be in this position for about 20 seconds or so. Then slowly uncurl yourself.

Anulom Vilom Pranayama or Alternate Nostril Breathing

Sit cross-legged on the yoga mat, if possible, or sit on the chair keeping the back straight. Place both hands on the knees.

Now hold the right nostril with the right thumb tightly and inhale through the left nostril. Hold your breath for about five seconds. Then release the thumb from the right nostril and exhale, at the same time enclosing the left nostril with the middle finger. Repeat but change the positioning.

Dhanurasana or Bow Pose

Lay down on your stomach on the yoga mat, keeping the feet spread apart and arms placed straight on either side of the body.

Now lift the lower legs from the back upwards and hold them on the ankles with your hands. Slowly raise the chest and legs off the surface and take a deep breath.

Try and hold this position for as long as you can and then release slowly.

Adho Mukha Svanasana or Downward Facing Dog Pose

Stand straight on the yoga mat. Raise your hands up straight and slowly bend forward with palms flat on the floor. Make sure to keep the head bent down completely and let the neck hang outwardly.

Now bend your knees and stretch your lower legs outwards on the ground. Slowly lift the hips as you breathe out, and straighten your arms and elbows.

Hold the pose for as long as you can and then gently relax and uncurl from the position.