A while back, my husband and I both got some really awful food poisoning. 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!
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 first 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!
3 Yoga Poses for Nausea
Virasana (Hero Pose)
- 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 and taking pressure off the stomach, diaphragm, and liver.
- Hold this pose for at least 10 deep breaths.
Baddha Konasana (Cobblers Pose)
- 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.
Viparita Karani (Legs Up The Wall)
You will need a pillow or blanket for this pose. Start by sitting sideways against a wall.
- 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.
*If you are pregnant: Only hold this pose as long as your are not going numb in your arms or legs, or are not getting light headed. Nausea is a very common pregnancy side effect but after a certain point you need to be VERY careful about how much time is spent flat on your back as it can affect oxygen supply to baby
*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.
Next time your or one of your family is feeling some tummy troubles, gives these a try. I promise, they won’t disappoint!