Nausea is a common symptom that can be caused by a variety of conditions, including stomach flu, pregnancy and certain medications. Specific poses performed in yoga may bring relief or prevent nausea. As with any new exercise routine, consult your doctor first.
Downward-Facing Cross-Legged Pose
Downward-facing cross-legged pose, or adhomukha swastikasana, may help prevent or relieve nausea. While sitting on the ground in a cross-legged position, bend your upper body forward and rest your arms on the seat of a chair. Relax your head on your arms and hold the pose for two minutes. Repeat as necessary.
Inverted pose, or viparita karani, relieves nausea, according to yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. You will need a yoga bolster or pillows to perform this pose. Start by lying on your back with your legs up a wall. Bring your buttocks as close to the wall as possible. Lift your tailbone off the floor and place the bolster or pillows under your tailbone and relax. Stay in the pose for up to eight minutes and repeat as necessary.
Reclining Hero Pose
Performing reclining hero pose relieves nausea because it lifts the diaphragm off the stomach and liver. Come to a kneeling position and sit with your buttocks between your heels. Recline the upper body backward slowly until the entire upper body is resting on the floor. Stay in the pose for one minute. You may use yoga props to make this pose easier and more comfortable.
Bound Angle Pose
Bound angle pose, or bona konasana, performed while seated or reclining may reduce nausea. In a seated position, bring the soles of your feet together. Try to bring your heels as close to your pelvis as possible and hold your feet with your hands. Stay in the pose for up to three minutes. To perform the reclining version of this pose, place a yoga bolster behind you and relax the upper body onto the bolster.
Poses to Avoid
If you are experiencing nausea, try to avoid back-bending poses, especially intermediate or advanced variations. These poses can cause or worsen nausea.
- Yoga, The Path to Holistic Health; B.K.S. Iyengar
- Yoga Journal: Dizzy Spells
- Relax and Renew; Judith Lasater