Men and women suffering from frequent UTIs know how painful and annoying they can be. However, there is hope in the form of Yoga. Indeed, Yoga can help cure urinary issues including urine incontinence, frequent urination as well as kidney stones. Yoga basically helps by strengthening the pelvic muscles. So, in this guide, we will discuss some of the top Yoga poses for urine infection. Before we do so, here are two important things you must note:
- It is very important that you get the poses right. Do not over stretch. If you feel pain or discomfort, discontinue immediately.
- Proper breathing is very important during yoga- breathe in slowly and deeply each time you move upwards, away from gravity or away from the center of the body and breathe out each time you move in the direction of gravity, downwards or towards the body.
Yoga for UTI
1. The Cat and Camel pose
The cat pose is called Marajariasana in Sanskrit. In this pose, you first start by making a table of your body. This means that your knees and palms are on the ground, palms below shoulders and knees directly below the hips. Your legs and feet must be straight behind. Your back is now like a table in this pose. For the Cat stretch, drop your belly to the ground as far as possible, arch your neck upwards and backwards looking up at the ceiling. Hold this pose for 5 to 6 breaths. Now move into the Camel pose- make a hump of your back, pull your navel upwards and inwards, drop your head down and stretch your spine towards the ceiling.
The image below explains the cat and camel pose.
This Yoga bladder infection asana strengthens the back and pelvic muscles to control frequent and painful urination.
2. Sarvangasana-shoulder stand
The shoulder stand is slightly difficult asana, especially if you are a beginner to Yoga but with a little practice, you can easily get it right. Lie on the back. Raise the lower body up to the chest so that your weight is entirely supported by your neck, shoulders and the head. Try and maintain the stillness of the pose and legs straight at a 90 degrees angle. The image below explains this Yoga for controlling frequent urination. This is an important asana for the womb and uterus in women but must not be done by pregnant women. Practicing this asana daily can also cure cervical issues.
3. Padmasana-The lotus pose
Sitting in the lotus pose helps strengthen your thighs, groin and genital area muscles. To sit in the lotus pose, sit on the floor cross legged. Raise your left foot to lie as far behind as possible on your right thigh. Pull your left foot from underneath and make it rest on the left thigh as far behind as possible towards the groin. (You have the flexibility to keep either leg on the top). Keep your neck and back as straight as possible. Sit in this pose daily for at least 5 minutes.
4. Shalabhasana-Locust pose
In this pose, you lie on the stomach. Make a fist of your hands and place both fists under the groin. Now rest your chin on the floor. Lift the lower body, i.e. the legs up to 10 inches off the floor from the navel up. This pose puts pressure on the groin muscles and strengthens them.
5. Janu Shirsasna -Head to knee pose
In this pose, sit on the floor. Tuck your right foot under the groin. Keep the left leg at a slight angle from the body but straight down on the floor. Bending forwards try and touch both your hands to the toes of the left foot. Stretch as much as possible and, if possible, touch your forehead to the knee of the left leg. Hold this pose for a few seconds. Repeat with the other leg. This yoga for uti infection can also prevent bladder pain.
6. Bhujangasana –Cobra pose
In this pose, lie on the stomach. Place your hands near your chest on the side of the body. Lift the body slowly up to the navel with the arms bent at a 45 degree angle (this pose can have different versions and one of them includes keeping the hands straight and locked). Keep your legs and feet joint together on the floor. The body resembles a cobra or a snake in this position. This exercise strengthens the lower back muscles, kidneys and pelvic muscles.
7. Halasana or The Plough
You can get into this asana as soon as you get out of Sarvangasana or shoulder stand described in exercise No.2. Basically start with Sarvangasana and drop the legs slowly down behind your head. Your hands should be straight near your body opposite the legs. The butt will be raised and in the air. Try to keep your legs straight in this pose as much as possible. This pose stretches the pelvis and spine and strengthens the groin muscles.
Use these 7 asanas daily as part of Yoga for bladder pain and UTI. While yoga is generally safe for all, do make sure to consult a doctor first before doing these poses especially if you have pre-exisiting medical condition.