Yoga for Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoid problems are very common these days. Why do hemorrhoids occur? What are the main factors in their occurrence? I will list two.

The first factor is pathological changes in the pelvis, which occur due to poor blood circulation, mainly caused by a lack of physical activity and a “sedentary” lifestyle. Another factor is a slow intestine function, which has a negative effect on the anal veins; slow intestine function leads to constipation. With that in mind, physical activity is very important when it comes to hemorrhoids. Exercises for hemorrhoids are important both in the treatment process (after the operation) and as prevention.”

One of the important factors nowadays that can, among other things, affect the appearance of hemorrhoids is obesity. In obese people, weight creates additional pressure on the anal opening, more precisely on the anal veins; therefore, they are exposed to higher risk when it comes to the possibility of hemorrhoids.

This disease of dilated blood vessels in and around the anus and lower rectum affects men and women equally, young and old. Initially, it was considered that the only solution to hemorrhoids was classic medications. Medications like all others prescribed by our doctor. However, it has been scientifically proven that certain yoga poses have great success in the treatment of hemorrhoids. Yoga poses are good both in the prevention and in solving the problems that patients have with hemorrhoids.

Yoga for hemorrhoids has a lot of positive effects. Whether practicing yoga will help solve the problem of hemorrhoids largely depends on the type of inflammation. Very often, people can solve the problems with hemorrhoids by improving their lifestyle (diet, enough sleep, less stress), using Ayurvedic medicines, and practicing yoga. This combination, 3 in 1, has so far proved to be successful in a large number of cases when it comes to problems with hemorrhoids.

With this in mind, it is very important that we eat organic, fresh, and clean food. It would be advisable to include soft foods and juices in your diet. Try to avoid foods that are dry and heavy, foods that can cause hard stools. If Ayurveda is not foreign to you, maybe you can switch to Ayurvedic medicines and try to get rid of conventional medicines. Of course, the choice is always yours; this is just a personal suggestion, nothing more. It is also very important to give up products that irritate the gastric mucosa while solving the problem of hemorrhoids.

Yoga poses for hemorrhoids are primarily great for solving the problem of constipation because they activate the metabolism and digestive organs. One of the best yoga techniques to do for those suffering from hemorrhoids is Mula Bandha.  Simply put, Mula Bandha refers to activating and engaging the pelvic floor muscles as well as the anal opening.  It is similar to kegal exercises.  The idea of Mula Bandha is to engage these muscles and keep them engaged for a period of time and then release them.

Some excellent yoga poses that are practiced when dealing with hemorrhoids are tadasana, padahastasana, malasana, mulabandhasana, apanasana, vajrasana, pavanmuktasana,  sarvangasana, viparita karani, child pose, paschimottanasana.

If you want, you can follow the yoga poses just listed. This sequence is great for practicing when a person is facing problems related to hemorrhoids. During these poses, it is very important to breathe exclusively through the nose. So, inhale and exhale happen through the nose. Try to keep your exhale twice as long as your inhale. It is also very important that you do not force your body; become aware of its limits and become aware of your comfort zone. Stay in it. This type of exercise will benefit your body the most. Otherwise, if you force yourself to enter or stay in some poses, you can only lead to unforeseen injuries.

When performing these poses, you can stay in them for ten breaths. Of course, in case you can’t stay for ten full breaths, feel free to get out of the pose earlier. Take a break and continue where you left off. Nobody is chasing you, respect your body, and do everything within the limits of pleasure.

After the poses, you can do one breathing technique, which is advised for people who have problems with hemorrhoids. By doing this breathing technique, you will complete the whole process. In addition to improving the oxygen supply to the body with each breathing technique, with the Nadhishodhana breathing technique, you establish fully concentrated breathing that changes evenly, switching from right to left nostril at regular intervals.

Close your right nostril completely with your right thumb and place your index finger and middle finger between your eyebrows. Inhale for four seconds through the left nostril; hold your breath for the same four seconds. After holding your breath, exhale happens completely naturally through the right nostril, also for 4 seconds. In order for this exhalation to happen completely naturally, it is important to close the left nostril with the ring finger of the right hand and to open the right nostril. So, remove the right thumb from the right nostril. After exhaling through the right nostril, inhale through the right nostril. The inhale is the same for four seconds. Do everything the same, only in the opposite direction.

An interval of four seconds is enough; if this length makes you feel uncomfortable, feel free to try a length of two seconds. You can practice this breathing from ten minutes to half an hour.

It is best to perform this technique after a yoga pose and at least four hours after the last meal.

It is important to keep in mind that in order for any exercise to be effective, it must start on time. For the simple reason that over time, it can happen that the condition worsens, so in this case, surgery might be the only solution.

We should not forget the importance of sleep in the whole equation. You should definitely not eat hearty meals before bed. Feel free to try to sleep on your stomach, with a pillow under your hips. Only if you are pregnant, you should not sleep on your stomach.

And finally, two more things about hemorrhoids from the angle of yoga. If you have a habit of sitting at work for eight hours or longer, include stretching in your work day every hour.

Stretching that will not last longer than 5 minutes. Another thing is the surface on which you sit. If it is too hard, replaces it with a softer one. Think about your health on time.

P.S. If you are constantly exposed to different stressful situations, try to keep them to a minimum. If you are currently unable to do so, perform the Nadhishodhan breathing technique.

About the author

Urosh Martinovic

Urosh Martinovic is a yoga and mindfulness teacher. He has experience in more than 7,000 guided classes. His work includes 1 on 1 online classes and workshops. Uros is a founder of holistic portal for Balkan Moja Solja Joge (My cup of yoga).