Yoga poses for kidney health

Keep your kidneys healthy with this yoga sequence from David Lurey.

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The amazing kidneys – the organs that balance the body’s fluids – are located underneath the back ribs between the 9th thoracic and the 2nd lumber vertebrae. They are responsible for purifying the blood as well as producing urine. Because of their connection to the fluids, they rule the general health of the bones, joints and reproductive organs.

From a Chinese medicinal perspective, balanced kidney energy relates to wisdom and trust in yourself; an ability to deal with stress as well the ability to let things go. Imbalanced kidney energy can bring about a sense of fear and self-doubt, attachment to people and things and often a lack of focus.

There are many ways to approach the more energetic aspects of the kidneys through Yin Yoga, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle. This active sequence is designed to focus on the physiological aspects of the kidneys, through compression, to keep them healthy and functioning well.  

1. Baddha Konasana – engage the back body to compress the kidneys.

yoga pose for kidneys

2. Marichyasana – do the pose with both sitting bones on the floor. Then twist with the intention to compress the kidneys.

yoga for kidneys

3. Navasana (with belt) – place the belt at the line of the kidneys on your back.

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4. Maha Mudra – inhale and lift the chest with the hands on (or near) the feet.  Exhale, engage Mula Bandha and press your hands down towards the floor. Inhale, keep the actions and lower the chin to the chest to hold the breath IN with 3 bandhas active. Release before any anxiety of holding the breath arises. 

yoga for kidneys

5. Viparita Karani (with bolster) – relax on a bolster with gentle compression of your body weight on the kidneys.

yoga for kidneys

6. Supta Baddha Konasana (with bolster and blocks) – relax with gentle compression of body weight on the kidneys. Keep the knees supported to stay relaxed.

yoga for kidneys

7. Parivritta Pawanmuktasana – roll from side to side with the knees tucked in towards the chest for a massaging effect on the kidneys (exhale – take the legs down / inhale – bring them up).

yoga for kidneys

8. Jatara Parivartanasana – keep the torso, legs and feet at 90 degrees to each other the whole time, twisting from side to side (exhale – take the legs down / inhale – bring them up).

yoga for kidneys

9. Balasana – place a blanket on the kidneys to keep them warm.

yoga for kidneys

Practise with David!

EkhartYoga members can join David in his class featuring these poses

Kidney stimulation sequence – Hatha / Therapeutics / 45 mins

Download the full sequence!

Click聽here聽to download a printable sequence.

David and his partner, Mirjam, lead聽training courses聽with Yin & Yang approaches to yoga therapy and address the physiological as well as energetic aspects of the organs in their work. For more info visit:聽www.findbalance.net

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David Lurey
David LureyDavid Lurey, E-RYT 500, has studied different aspects of yoga with various experienced teachers all over the world. David often interweaves spiritual teaching themes into his teaching, along with intelligent sequencing, a heartfelt passion for music, and a dose of humour.