Hemorrhoids, also referred to as piles, are a sometimes painful, embarrassing condition caused by inflammation of the veins of your anus. Hemorrhoids usually result from excessive straining during bowel movements or due to strain placed on the bowels during pregnancy. Certain yoga poses may help to alleviate the discomfort associated with hemorrhoids. Consult your doctor if you think you have hemorrhoids, as anal bleeding may be a sign of a more serious intestinal disorder. Talk to your doctor or a qualified yoga teacher prior to performing these yoga poses.
Sarvanga Asana, also known as the candle pose, may help to reduce stress and other symptoms of hemorrhoids. This pose is also sometimes referred to as the shoulder stand and requires balance and flexibility. To perform this pose, lie on the floor and bend your knees in to your chest. Interlace your fingers behind your back. Straighten your legs and raise them up to a 90-degree angle. Now roll your legs and spine up and support your back with your bent elbows. Your legs should be in line with your spine. Hold this pose for 10 seconds, then slowly curl back down to the floor.
Legs Up the Wall Stand
The legs up the wall stand is a soothing, restorative yoga pose that can help to improve circulation to the anus and reduce the symptoms of hemorrhoids. To perform this pose, lie near a wall. Start on your side with your knees bent, heels facing the wall and your buttocks close to the edge of the wall. Swing your legs up and around so that your heels are resting on the wall with your legs perpendicular to the floor, your back flat on the floor. If you can, move your buttocks closer to the base of the wall. Slowly straighten your legs so they are resting up the wall. Keep your arms relaxed by your sides. Focus on your breathing and stay in this pose as long as you wish.
The squatting pose may help to counteract constipation, a common cause of hemorrhoids. To perform this simple pose, bring your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart and bend your knees until you've come into a squatting position. Let your buttocks dip down to the floor and bring your hands into prayer pose. You can press your elbows against your inner thighs if you'd like an additional thigh and groin stretch. Stay in this pose for several breaths, then return to a standing position.
Child's pose is another restorative yoga pose that can relieve hemorrhoid symptoms, increase circulation to the anus and possibly alleviate constipation. To perform this pose, start in a tabletop position on your hands and knees, keeping your hands in line with your shoulders and your knees in line with your hips. Bend your knees to bring your buttocks to your heels, lowering your chest to the floor. Rest your forehead on the floor. You may bring your arms beside your body or leave them in front of your head for support. Stay in this pose for a minute or as long as is comfortable for you.