You can use your yoga practice to heal your kidneys.
When I do medical intuitive readings, I find many people with highly stressed kidneys. However, what I notice is that most people are completely unaware of their kidneys. As a result, kidney stress often has to progress to the level of kidney stones before many people wake up and take notice.
What you need:
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- Surya Namaskar – emphasizing baby backbends – do about 5 repetitions each cycle on baby backbends to warm up lower back
- Marjarysana (cat pose) to Bitilasana (cow pose) repetitions
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (down dog) to Urdhva Muka Svanasana (up dog) repetitions
- Parsvottansana (intense side stretch pose) with blocks on either side
- Bhujangasana (cobra) with hands on yoga eggs
- Natarajasana (King dancer pose)
- Viparita Dandasana (wheel variation with hands around head at wall)
- Janu Sirsana (head to knee forward bend)
- Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend)
- Marichyasana 1 (sage twist) variation with hands wrapped around knee forward folding
- Viparita Karani (legs against the wall)
We humans have two bean-shaped kidneys, each located in our lower back between T12 and L3. Each kidney weighs about 150 grams, or a little more than 5 ounces. The right kidney is next to the liver. The left kidney is next to the spleen.
When we inhale, our kidneys move down, so the deep breathing that we do in yoga class helps to keep our livers healthy and functioning.
Even though these organs are small, they receive about 20 percent of the blood pumped by our heart.
The kidneys perform multiple functions. Many people are not aware that kidneys help to regulate your blood pressure. They also remove waste from the body in the form of urine, filter our blood, maintain our acid-base balance and secrete a number of hormones.
Energetically, the kidneys are part of our water element and connected to our second chakra.
As with all our chakras, the second chakra may either be over energy or under energy. If the second chakra is over energy, we may experience excessive sexuality or be overly emotional. If the second chakra is under energy, we may be shut down sexually and emotionally.
As we balance our second chakra, we experience a balance between our power and our sexuality so that neither one cuts the other off. We are able to experience joy in a balanced way.
Many people are chronically dehydrated and, at the same time, unaware of how important their kidneys are. My experience in my healing practice is that most people have less connection to their kidneys than virtually any other organ. As we age, we may lose our thirst mechanism and mineral depletion may make it difficult for us to absorb our water.