Clearly, Kidneys are one of the most vital organs in the body that should be cared for, and Yoga plays an important role in maintaining kidney health as it improves its functions and reduces the risk of kidney cancer. Kidneys purify the blood by filtering waste and also help in the functioning of the urinary system, maintenance of blood pressure level and secretion of hormones in our body. Kidney-diseases have become more prevalent now due to unhealthy lifestyle, stress and insufficient nutrition.

Here are a few simple yoga poses to ensure the health of your kidneys –

1. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist)

Ardha Matsyendrasana or the Sitting Half Spinal twist is known to stimulate the kidneys and liver, and also improves the body’s immunity level. This pose enhances the circulation of blood through the inner organs.

2. Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)

Also known as the Seated Forward Bend, this yoga pose stimulates kidney and also improves digestion. It helps relieve you from menstrual and menopause discomforts.

3. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose)

The Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana stimulates the kidneys and abdominal organs. It also helps regulate high blood pressure and relieves the body of stress.

4. Naukasana (Boat Pose)

Naukasana or Boat Pose improves the health of all organs in the abdomen especially the liver, pancreas, and kidneys. It also helps improve digestion and alleviates stress.

5. Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose stimulates the abdominal organs and relieves the body of stress and fatigue. It improves the function of the liver, kidney, pancreas and gall bladder. It is also known to help improve immunity.

For good kidney health, it is highly recommended to follow the above-mentioned yoga poses, drink plenty of fluids, follow an Ayurvedic diet rich in nutrients and get 6 to 8 hours of sleep every day.