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Yoga For Healing Anemia

Regular practice of different yoga poses increases the RBC production as well as purifies the blood.

Anemia is one of the common conditions affecting human being especially women around the world. In general anemia is considered to be a condition characterized by lack of blood. But medically anemia can be referred as a condition where the iron content or hemoglobin of blood decreases below the normal level.

Yoga can help in increasing RBC count in two ways. One is by making use of breathing exercises and  the other is by doing special asanas.

Breathing exercises like Ujjayi, Suryabhedana, Anuloma Viloma and Kapalbhatti increases circulation of blood and improve functioning of the entire circulatory system.

According to various yoga gurus anemic patients should start their yoga session with Pranayama followed by Trikonasana. Other yoga poses for anaemia are Sarvangasana, Paschomittanasana, Uttanpadasana, Viparita-karani-mudra and various shavasanas.

Breathing Exercises:

Ujjayi or The “loud breathing” consists of drawing air in through both nostrils with the glottis held partially closed. This partial closure of the glottis produces a sound like that heard in sobbing, except that it is continuous and unbroken. Ujjayi breathing has many variations. For example, we can breathe in through the throat, then completely close one nostril and breathe out through the other nostril, which is only partly closed. This technique is called an anuloma ujjayi. In a pranayama technique called viloma ujjayi, we breathe in through the nostril and breathe out through the throat. This technique is used to lengthen the inhalation. In ujjayi pranayama it is important to follow this rule: when we regulate the breath through the nostril, we never breathe through the throat at the same time.

Suryabhedana Pranayama
Anuloma Viloma

In Anuloma Viloma, you adopt the Vishnu Mudra with your right hand to close your nostrils. Tuck your index and middle finger into your nose. Place the thumb by your right nostril and your ring and little fingers by your left.

Kapal bhatti

Kapal Bhatti / Kapal Bharti controls breathing and increases oxygen level in the blood, thus increasing body capacity and the lung capacity. It also detoxifies the body of toxins. Kapal Bhatti Yoga Exercise has a big effects on the body body weight and helps weight control.

As you practice it daily, you will start to enjoy the rhythm established between the abdomen and the stomach.

Other yoga poses for anemia

Sarvangasana helps promote good circulation, as it directs the flow of the entire lower body towards the heart.

  1. Lie down flat on the floor, on your back, palms by your side facing
  2. Exhale and lift your legs up 30, then 60, then 90 and then around 130 degrees so they are extended behind your head.
  3. Stay in this position, breathing normally, for a few seconds.
  4. Now, gradually, exhale again, and straighten your legs up to 90 degrees, lifting your buttocks as well. Support the back of your trunk with your palms, keeping elbows on the floor. Gradually, walk your hands towards your shoulder blades, as you lift your body higher.
  5. Your elbows may tend to move outwards. Bring them in, so they are straight in line with your shoulders.
  6. You will notice that your hips tend to jut out backwards, while your feet tend to come forward over the head. This is not the right way to do it. Work at it so your body is in a straight line. Your hips, feet and shoulders should be aligned, so push your feet back and bring your hips and tailbone forward. Remember, this exercise is not as much about effort as it is about balance.
  7. Lift your body as high up as possible. Sarvangasana is a shoulder stand, so your body should be resting on your shoulders and not on your back.
  8. Hold this position for as long as possible.
  9. Remember to exhale while lifting your body up, but once your body is up, you can breathe normally. There is no need to hold your breath.
  10. Time yourself, so you can see how long you can remain in this position. The next time, try and balance your body for a little longer.

This looks simple, but is in fact one of the most difficult asanas to do.


Uttanpadasana reduces the stomach, strengthens the thighs, waist, hips, back and spinal cord.

Note : There should be no jerk at this point.


Redirects the flow of blood from feet to heart with pull of gravity for detoxification


Corpse Pose is practiced at beginning and end of every yoga session.  This makes you energetic to enter the yoga session in the beginning. At the end of the session, Shavasana would get your away from all the fatigue that your doing of other postures might have generated.

In addition to practicing yoga, eat lots of citrus fruits and green vegetables. Oranges, blueberries, strawberries, lemon are all excellent source of vitamin C. This vitamin helps in boosting the immune system thus helps in development of RBCs.

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