Nausea is a feeling of unease in the stomach that can range from slight discomfort to full-blown vomiting depending on the severity of the condition. It can be caused by a number of factors, such as motion sickness, pregnancy, anxiety, food poisoning, or a virus. The good news is that you can often reduce nausea with simple home remedies, including yoga.
1. The Half-Spinal Twist
This pose helps to stretch the spine and abdominal muscles, allowing congestion caused by nausea to be released from these areas. Begin by sitting on the floor in a cross-legged position with your left hand on the floor behind you. Gently twist your body so that your right hand is placed on your left knee while your left arm remains on the floor behind you. Keep your back straight and hold the pose for 30-60 seconds, focusing on deep breathing to further help release any physical discomfort.
2. Child’s Pose
This is a soothing, restorative pose that helps to calm both the mind and the body. Start on your hands and knees, keeping your arms straight and legs spread hip-width apart. Then bow forward and lower your chest and forehead onto the floor. Once in the pose, stretch your arms out in front of you and, if comfortable, spread them open. Rest your palms on the floor, keep your hips over your knees, and lengthen your lower back. Stay in the pose for several minutes and practice deep breathing to fully relieve any nausea.
3. Downward Facing Dog
This pose helps to flush the body with fresh, oxygenated blood and bring more energy to the body. To enter the pose, begin on your hands and knees and press your hands firmly into the floor. Then tuck your toes, lift your hips, and straighten your arms and legs, pushing your chest toward your thighs. Relax your neck and head, and focus on your breathing as you maintain the pose for several minutes.
4. Standing Forward Bend
Standing forward bends are great for helping to relax the body, calming nausea and reducing headaches. Start by standing in Tadasana (mountain pose) and bring your feet hip-distance apart. Inhale and exhale deeply with your eyes closed before slowly bending forward at the hips. Engage your abdomen slightly to ensure you are not placing any strain on your lower back. Keep your knees slightly bent and place your hands alongside your feet. Hold the pose for as long as desired before slowly raising yourself up.
5. Corpse Pose
The corpse pose might sound a little morbid but it’s actually designed to bring you comfort and relaxation