Which asanas are beneficial for which diseases?

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What does Ayurveda say ?

1. Which asanas are helpful in which ailments ?



1A. Thyroid

Shirshasana, Sarvanagasana, Sinhamudra, Halasana

1B. Indigestion

Agnisar, Sarvangasana, Mayurasana, Halasana, Dhanurasana, Uddiyana bandh(lock)

1C. Genital disorders

Shirshasana, Uddiyaan bandha, Yogamudra, Paschimottanasana, Swastikasana

1D. Excretory disorders

Vakrasana, Yogamudra, Halasana, Shankhaprakshalana

1E. Pancreatic disorders

Mayurasana, Pavanmuktasana and Uddiyaan bandh

1F. Spondylitis


1G. Asthma

Kapalbhati / Matsyasana

1H. Back Pain

Dhanurasana, Bhujangasana, Chakrasana

1I. Menstrual ailments



2. Instead of exercising to remove ailments,
exercise to keep ailments away !

Doctors advise us to exercise and perform yogasanas to relieve joint pains, abdominal pains, back pains etc., that come with ageing. The important point to note here is that instead of waiting for these ailments to occur; it is better to exercise to keep them away.

– (Paratpar Guru) Dr. Athavale


3. Helpful yogasanas to relieve problem of abdominal fat !

If Setubandhasana, Chakki Chalanasana, Bhujangasana, Dhanurasana, Paschimottasana, various asanas related to stomach, similarly Kapalbhati, Agnisaar, Uddiyaan like Shuddhikriya (cleansing), similarly Sarvangasana, Surya Namsakar etc. are performed regularly, this problem can be contained.


4. These pranayamas prove helpful in the following ailments !

4A. Getting cold frequently

Bhastrika, Ujjyaayi (Purak, normal kumbhaka, rechak) and Suryabhedan (rechak-purak)

4B. Asthma

Anulom Vilom (without kumbhak)

4C. Digestive disorders


4D. Excess heat in body

Shitali, Chandrabhyas (with normal kumbhaka)


5. Learn how exercise is beneficial to prevent or to cure Diabetes !

Let us take the example of a well to understand how exercising is beneficial in preventing or curing diabetes. From it’s underground natural springs, fresh water keeps filling the well, but one day it stops. Silt clogs the mouths of those springs.

Once the silt is cleared, the spring water flows freely again and the well gets filled with water again. Similarly, various fluids (secretions) percolate through our body. If for some reason they stop flowing then their absence is felt in the form of disease.

If sugar in the blood increases, it is because the secretion of insulin has reduced. This occurs due to blockages in the glands or its passages. This may occur because we don’t exercise, and the glands don’t get pressed and remain inactive. Why we don’t exercise ? Because we feel lazy to exercise.

Suppose you want to extract juice from a dried lemon, you have to rub it with your hands, squeeze it, and twist it. Similarly, we have to extract the juice called insulin from the organ called Pancreas in the body. In diabetes, when this insulin is not produced, one is expected to do something that will create movement in and pressure on this organ. Yogic postures like Mandukasana, Pawanmuktasana, Halasana, Sarvangasana, Bhujangasana, Mayurasana, Namanamudra, Kapalbhati etc. can exert external stress or pressure on the abdomen, especially the pancreas and liver. This increases the possibility of naturally producing good digestive juices from them. This is a very simple solution to avoid getting diabetes.

– Vaidya Suvinay Damle, Kudal


6. Do’s and Don’ts of Exercising

On an empty stomach, massage your body with oil in the morning and exercise. Nutrients absorbed in the blood are not consumed during night sleep. After waking up, the body feels heavy. It is necessary to exercise in the morning to properly digest and assimilate those components. Exercising during Hemant and Shishir seasons, i.e. during winter, generates heat which lasts throughout the day. As kapha is raging in the body even in spring, exercise during this period as well. Short exercise should be done in summer, spring and autumn. After exercise, rub the body in such a way that the body does not suffer.

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