Yoga Poses for Gallstones

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Put yoga to work for you against gallstones, starting with Fire Breathing and continuing with exercises from the Triangle and Pyramid Poses. View a demonstration from a professional instructor in this free video on yoga therapy.

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Hi, I'm CarolAnn with, and I'm going to show you yoga poses for gallstones. The first pose or exercise we're going to perform is called Fire Breathing, so we're going to really incorporate our breath here. So first, what you want to do is you want to place your hands right at your belly and we're going to inhale through the nose and then exhale through the nose and as you inhale, your belly is going to fill with breath and then you're going to exhale forcefully and it's going to be pretty fast so we're really going to create a lot of heat and you can perform this for about 30 seconds. This is what it sounds like and looks like. Continue your Fire Breathing for about 30 seconds, and you can perform about three sets of your fire breathing if you choose. The next pose is the Triangle Pose. So, we're going to get into this position to where we separate those legs. You've got your back foot turned at an angle, about 45 degrees. Then you've got your front foot turned straight on. So, if you were to put your feet together you would have the front heel slide into the arch of the back foot. So, this is your stance. You want to get as wide as you feel. Now, to prevent from hyper extending the knee you want to pull up on your kneecap contracting the quadriceps. Then just float your arms up and energy out through your fingertips. Make sure your shoulders are down and your shoulder blades are melting into the back. And now we inhale, exhale, shifting the rib cage over as far as we can and then coming down your fingertips towards the floor and then your other arm in opposition, fingertips towards the ceiling. Now, in Triangle, you want to make sure that you're focusing on flattening your back. So imagine that you're up against a wall. So, you want your back flat up against the wall, opening up the hips, gazing towards your fingertips. Now, if this hurts your neck, you can always turn your head and look down. That's fine, that's a great option. Now if you can't reach the floor then just come up a little bit but don't put pressure on your knee. So, you want to hold Triangle for about five breaths and then gently ease out and relax. So, once you perform your Triangle Pose, you can go right into your Pyramid. So, you're in basically the same position. Your back foot is angled at 45 degrees. Your front foot is turned all the way straight on and then you're going to turn your chest forward, grasp the elbows and then come down. Now, in Pyramid, you want to start with your chest parallel to the floor, a nice flat back and then as you hold the Pyramid and as you breathe, you can gently start to lower the chest down towards your thigh, and then once you start to become closer to the thigh, you can even drop your arms and continue that flexibility or that extension and continue to breathe for five deep breaths every exhale, you want to come closer towards that front thigh and when you're finished, gently lift up. Those are some great yoga poses for gallstones. I'm CarolAnn for


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