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4 Yoga Poses for Nausea

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Virasana: Kneel with heels pushed outwards touching sides of hips. Use a towel or cloth if feeling uncomfortable. Raise arms and fold over head, stretching your diaphragm. Hold the pose for 10 deep breaths. This will give you quick and effective relief from any feeling of nausea. For more poses swipe left.

In the past couple of weeks my husband and I both got the stomach flu. Lucky for him, he had no persisting symptoms after the second day. For me, they dragged on, and of course it was the one thing I hate the most. Nausea. The other symptoms I think I could have handled better, but I will be the first to tell you that I am the biggest wimp when it comes to nausea. Cannot handle the nausea.

Yoga for Nausea

I started combing through all my books and favorite yoga websites to find the poses that could potentially help me out with my nausea and found some ideas. I got out my mat and gave 3 of them a try and almost instantaneously felt some relief. Within an hour I felt no nausea at all and could go to sleep comfortably for the first time in 5 days. Success!

The only trick that night was, I could not be upright for more than a couple minutes before the twinges of nausea started back, but by the next morning I felt so much better. I did these poses for the next couple of days whenever I started feeling any nauseous twinges or stomach cramps, and also just before bed. They worked without fail every time!

Virasana (Hero Pose)

Instructions:

-Come to where you are almost seated on your knees with your heals under your hips.
-Keeping your knees together, bring your heels wider than hips width and then sit between your heels.
-If it is uncomfortable for you to sit with with your hips all the way to the floor between your your heels then, use a pillow/blanket/ bolster underneath your hips to raise yourself up off the floor a little.
-For the purpose of relieving nausea, I raised my arms, bending at the elbow and rested them on my head. This creates space in the abdomen, lifting your ribs taking pressure off the stomach, diaphragm, and liver.
-Hold this pose for at least 10 deep breaths.

Warning, it will be intense at first. For me, this pose gave the most noticeable relief.

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Virasana

This pose can also be done in a reclining position

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Reclining Virasana

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Baddha Konasana (Cobblers Pose)

Instructions:

-Come to a seated position on the mat with your feet in front of you.
-Bring the soles of your feet together and scoot them as close to your hips as is comfortable.
-Breathe in this position for several minutes.

Variation: Supta Baddha Konasana

You can also do this pose in a reclining position, which is what I did. Start by laying on your back, bringing your feet into the position mentioned above, and resting your arms overhead.

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Baddha Konasana

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Viparita Karani (Legs Up The Wall)

You will need a pillow or blanket for this pose. Start by sitting sideways against a wall.

Instructions:

-Keeping your hips as close to the wall as you can, lay down on your side, and then roll on to your back bringing your legs up against the wall.
-Bend your legs at the knees bringing the soles of the feet against the wall and press with the feet to bring the hips off the floor just long enough so that you can slide the pillow under your hips.
-Then, gently lower the hips onto the pillow and straighten your legs and rest them on the wall.
-Close your eyes and breathe deeply. You can stay in this pose for as long as you need to in 8-10 minute intervals.

The first night I was in this one about a total of 30 minutes, with about a minute break between intervals. I was so relaxed I almost fell asleep a couple of times.

*On a side note: This is one of my favorite yoga poses ever! It’s good for so many things and now I can add one more to the list. It gave the most relaxation of the 3 poses I did.

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Viparita Karani

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 Now, I know my title says 4 poses, but I just said I only did 3. There was one pose that was everywhere I looked, so I’m including it. However, given the position of the pose, it reminded me a little too much of hugging the porcelain god, which I had done enough of already. The other 3 worked perfectly so I didn’t worry about this one. But just in case you need one more, here ya go!

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Ashley Tukiainen
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Ashley grew up with a love of healthy living. She has been a licensed massage therapist since 2007, And shortly after finished training and obtained a Reiki Master/Teacher certification. She opened her practice in Houston, Texas while working on other certifications. In 2014 she went to school to become a yoga instructor and now lives in Finland with her husband teaching yoga and dance and practicing massage therapy

Ashley Tukiainen
Star Expert

Ashley grew up with a love of healthy living. She has been a licensed massage therapist since 2007, And shortly after finished training and obtained a Reiki Master/Teacher certification. She opened her practice in Houston, Texas while working on other certifications. In 2014 she went to school to become a yoga instructor and now lives in Finland with her husband teaching yoga and dance and practicing massage therapy

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