Yoga poses for managing chronic kidney disease

Yoga originated in India and has over 5000 years of history. Some people consider it a fad fitness, but it can be beneficial in various chronic diseases, including kidney failure.

There is a lack of good scientific data on the benefits of yoga directly on the progression of CRF, but lack of evidence does not mean proof of absence. There are several studies that have shown that yoga is beneficial for blood pressure control and helps improve blood sugar control. Diabetes is the most common cause of chronic kidney disease, and better blood pressure control has been shown to help slow the progression of CRF, regardless of the cause.

Even after a kidney transplant, the better the blood pressure control, the longer the life of the transplanted kidney. Thus, there is enough indirect evidence that yoga is beneficial in patients with kidney disease. However, this should be done under the supervision of an expert. There are many other poses in yoga; you can choose the ones that suit you under the guidance of a professional practitioner.

In a nutshell, practicing yoga can promote metabolism, blood circulation, and help flush out more metabolic waste and toxins. It can improve endocrine functions and help repair damaged tissue. It can strengthen physical fitness and strengthen immunity. It can calm the mind and relieve pressure and chronic pain. They also help manage water retention in the body. This allows for healthy sleep schedules and therefore better rest. A well-rested body is better able to perform functions such as regulating water in the body and stabilizing the heart rate.

Although yoga is safe, not all patients with kidney disease can do all the poses. For example, if patients have polycystic kidney disease, bending over and other positions that can put pressure on the abdomen and back should be avoided. If patients have high blood pressure or lower back pain, lifting the legs should be avoided. It is necessary to practice yoga by watching a professional practitioner or under the guidance of the teacher if you are new to yoga. Yoga asanas are known to increase relaxation. There are many yoga poses that are suitable for patients with kidney failure and they have been practiced and suggested to be beneficial for improving kidney function. Of these, I recommend these 5 simple ones:

1. Cobra Pose: In this pose, a person lies on their stomach with their hands flat on the floor on each side and inhale and extend the spine forward, lift the chest and head off the floor. Make sure that the legs and feet are parallel and maintain this position for several breaths. It can help put light pressure on the kidneys and revitalize kidney function.

2. Leg Lift: This is a very simple pose that can be easily practiced by people of all ages. In this asana, a person lies on their back, inhales and raises their legs to 30, 60 and then 90 degrees, each holding for 10 seconds.

3. Camel pose: In this asana; the person kneels on the ground, extends the spine, opens the chest and reaches the feet. Make sure that the thighs are perpendicular to the ground and that the toes are tucked in. This posture can help improve blood circulation as well as the body’s circulatory system.

4. Breathing exercises are also very simple and can be done by anyone and anywhere. In Anulom vilom, a person has to inhale through the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril, then inhale with the right nostril and exhale through the left. These alternative nasal breathing exercises can promote blood circulation. In addition to this, Kapaal Bhaarti and Bhastrika are also aasanas anytime and anywhere. All of this is best done early in the morning

5. Paschimottanasana: In this asana, you lean forward and try to touch your toes.


Thus, yoga maintains the internal organs healthy, balances the different systems of the body, and effectively controls stress on the body and mind. Certain yoga asanas and pranayamas facilitate internal cleansing rituals that ensure the elimination of toxins from the body. It also ensures that the blood circulates to various parts of the body, keeping it fresh and energized.

So don’t forget that “One yoga session a day” helps ward off kidney disease.

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