Build strong liver and defy your aging by yoga
Liver, Spleen, Kidney, Intestine and Stomach are four of the most important integrated organ systems of the body. Like other crucial organs, they also serve unique functions in an integrated way. Medically speaking, the Liver is classified as a gland, the largest gland in Human Machine. It is also associated with many functions, directly and indirectly. The liver helps us doing 500 or more distinct roles, each role is very delicate and unique. If you want to remain healthy and productive throughout life, you have to practice the following Yoga:Â Pranayama, Uddiyan, Shayana Paschimottason, Halasana, Pavanmuktasana, Shirshana, Surya Namaskar, Sarvangasana and Ustrasana. After you make the mastery over Yoga and Pranayama, your Liver, Spleen, Lungs, Respiratory System, Heart, Blood, Stomach and Digestive mechanism will immensely improve. Your immunity power will be strengthened, aging will decline. Girls will remain girls after becoming women. Of course, do not forget to eat organ friendly foods.
Liver, Spleen, Kidney, Intestine and Stomach are four of the most important organs of the bodyÂ they are linked together like the Engine of a complicated Machine. Actually, Human Body 1000 times more complicated than a man-made machine. In the Yogic Science, these organs belong to the glands of Agni (fire); Ayurveda calls them Ranjakagni, that is, color bile. To begin with, the liquid form of digested foods is driven by the system to the Liver and Spleen for their rectification and transformation into the blood with the help of internal secretions of coloring bile.
Our readers should be happy to know that the Liver is one of the most important organs of the body. ItÂ serves many crucial, dedicated and unique purposes to keep our body fit and smooth. Among all these functions, its mainÂ functionÂ within ourÂ digestive systemÂ is toÂ processÂ the nutrients absorbed from the small intestine. We should also know that bile comes out of the Liver andÂ secreted into the small intestine. This also plays an importantÂ role in digesting ourÂ fat.
It came from the Sanskrit language. Its English version is Camel Pose. Stand on the knees, bend backward, chest on the upper side, head backward, clutch the heels with respective hands. When you approach backward, exhale completely. Keep in this position for 10 to 15 seconds without taking a breath, then return to the original position on the knees slowly while smoothly inhaling. After taking rest for a couple of minutes, repeat the process 3 to 4 times.
Ustrasana is another Yoga which keeps the spine flexible and maintains the strength of the nerves and muscles. It maintains youthfulness and defers ageing while improving your Respiratory organs and digestive system.
This Sanskrit title is also called Hare Pose in English. It is tougher among all the Yoga poses described above. So, be careful in doing it. The present author practiced it for about 30 years since school days. It is generally not suggested after 50 yearsÂ unless you are exceptionally flexible.
How to do it?
You should sit on Vajrasana position 1st, that is, on your heels. Now hold the heels with respective hands, raise your body from heels, bend forward, go on exhaling completely, and put your head in front of the knees on the ground such that your backbone or spine bent in front. Stay in such position for 10 seconds depending on your comfort, without taking breath, you are with exhaled lung now. Then slowly return to the original position with continuous inhalation. Remain in normal position for 15 seconds at least. Then repeat the performance for 4 to 5 times. Please do not deviate from the above process.
It is a highly beneficial Yoga for many reasons. It strengthens the nerves and muscles of your spine. It also keeps your appetite strong. It also increases your height and maintains youth. Finally, it helps significantly in strengthening your Thyroid, Pituitary and Tonsil glands.
It is also called Uddiyanbandha Mudra. It is said in old Yogic texts that it can even defy death. Actually, it saves people from premature death. Regular practice of this Yoga keeps even an old man youthful, free from disease. Even if it is partly an exaggeration, since it keeps up the Liver, Spleen, Stomach, Pancreas and the Kidneys as also the testes and ovaries in the best conditions, you remain youthful.
How to Practice it?
First, you have to stand up straight keeping your legs 12 inches apart. Then lower your trunk forward slightly, place your hands just above your knees. Now you have to exhale completely, best forward, contract and squeeze the front position of abdomen inside as if the lower abdomen becomes concave. Keep this position as long as you can without inhaling, bending slightly forward. Then gradually inhale and slowly come back to your original standing position, relax fully with normal breathing for some seconds. Do it 3 to 4 times at a time. Later on, you can do it 5 to 6 times. Some people do in sitting position also. But the standing pose is better. Be careful that you have to be in an empty stomach.
This Mudra invigorates the important glands of Agni, which is Fire (Liver, Spleen, Pancreas etc.) and the glands of Baruna (sex glands, Kidneys, Adrenals etc.). So, this Yoga protects you from the attack of diseases like Constipation, Indigestion, Colic, Biliary Colic, Hernia, Duodenal Ulcer, Appendicitis and Abscess. It is very special for girls and women as it helps in curing Dysmenorrhoea, Leucorrhoea etc. It also prevents nocturnal emissions of boys, that is night falls or erotic dreams and release of semen. Uddiyana Mudra is especially helpful for girl and boy students.
Halasana (Plough Pose)
It is a common Yoga position with many benefits. Lie on your bed in a relaxed mood looking above with your hands straight on both sides. Now gradually lift your both legs, take the legs beyond the head such that your toes touch the bed, your thighs and forehead will have a vertical distance of 3 or 4 inches. Stay in this position for 10 seconds and then gradually return to the original flat position. How to breathe? While you raise the legs and bend them to touch the bed you should inhale, and stay in keeping breathe. Then begin to bring back your legs while exhaling. This Yoga should be practiced 3 to 5 times, in an empty stomach. In winter, you may increase the practice.
Halasana strengthens the nerve centers and muscles of the frontal part of the spinal column. It makes the Spine flexible and keeps youthfulness. Nerves and muscles of thighs, pelvic regions, abdomen are also invigorated, surplus fat is reduced, Liver and Spleen rightly maintained, and the Heart becomes stronger. It is a preventive cure for Loss of Appetite, Constipation and Diabetes. The glands of the throat also become stronger. Children should not do it. The beginner can feel that it is easy to do in the evening.
It is one of the simplest Yoga positions with many good benefits. Lie down straight on your bed looking on the ceiling with hands-on respective sides as in Shavasana. Now bend the right leg at the knee and gradually press the thigh on the right chest with the pressure of both hands. While raising the leg up to the chest gradually exhale, thereafter inhale and help up, stay in this position for 10 seconds. Then gradually bring down the right leg in a normal position. Follow the same process for the left leg. This makes one set complete. In this way, do these 4 to 5 times in one go. If you like and you are able, you can practice Yoga with both legs at a time. That is much more effective in releasing bad gas from the body.
Even if it appears simple, this Asana removes poisonous gas from the abdomen and helps cure Indigestion, Acidity and Flatulence. It is also called a wind release pose. It also eliminates accumulated belly fat. Additionally, it helps invigorate the abdominal muscles and nerves, setting the gastric glands there and helps remove Constipation.