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Nourish and Strengthen Your Kidneys the Yoga Way

 By Claire Diab and Dennis Boyle

Our kidneys are amazing, vital organs that help to keep our internal systems running like a well-oiled machine. Serving as a means for purification of the blood, the kidneys’ main focus is to rid the blood of unnecessary wastes and keep our overall systems in tact and healthy. Ideally, the kidneys act as a filter, sifting through the entire contents of the blood and sending clean blood through our system, while discarding any toxins through the urine.

A healthy, well-balanced diet and plenty of water aid the body in keeping the kidneys functioning properly. And with this daily practice of Seated Twist Pose, you can easily keep the kidneys functioning optimally. Seated Twist Pose can truly help to give our kidneys that extra bit of strength they require to keep things running smoothly. It can be practiced right on your chair at work or home, making it easy to maintain a healthy body, even if it is between fire alarms! So often we feel stressed and overworked, feeling we are not able to take sufficient time for ourselves, and this can take a toll on the body. Fortunately, setting aside a few minutes a day can make a huge difference.

It is so important to care for all of your internal organ systems, and the kidneys are especially essential, as they are the main purification hub for the blood that flows through the entire body.  Seated Twist Pose nourishes the kidneys by allowing through a steady flow of oxygen. Taking the time, mentally and physically, to nourish the body will give you so many benefits that can be felt immediately. Enjoy!
 

Seated Twist Pose

                    

    Sitting Comfortably              Reach Palms to the Sky           Turn to the Right

                                   Breathe 9 Breaths                                 Inhale                                  Exhale                                                               

Instructions:

  • Sitting comfortably in your chair. Breathe in and out through your nostrils 6-9 times, full deep belly breaths.
  • Sit toward the front of your chair. Interlace your fingers and, as you inhale, gently press your palms toward the sky.
  • Exhaling, turn to the right with your left hand on the outside of your right knee. Your right hand is on the back of your seat.
  • Inhaling, come back to the center, arms up, and then exhaling, turn to the left.
  • Continue this fluid movement, inhaling center, exhaling side.

 

Benefits:

  • Lengthens the muscles around the spine and hips.
  • Nourishes and massages the liver and kidneys.
  • Increases blood flow to the heart and lungs.
  • Lengthens the muscles around the shoulder and chest.

 

Safety Tips:

  • If your feet do not touch the floor, place a block or books underneath your feet to elevate your knees so the knees are level with your hips.
  • Avoid this pose if you have herniated disks.
  • Do what is most nourishing for your mind, body, and soul.

 

Claire Diab is an internationally recognized Yoga therapist. She is the director of the Yoga Program for the Chopra Center founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. She is an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She is the author of several books and DVDs on Yoga including “Yoga For Firefighters.”

 

Dennis Boyle is a retired fire director and acting chief with the West Orange (NJ) Fire Department. He was the recipient of the 1999 New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs “Fire Officer of the Year” award.