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Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana (Standing Split) To Stimulate Liver & Kidneys

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The liver and the kidneys are the two vital organs of our body. Any damage to or malfunctioning of any of these organs affects the normal functioning of the body. If not taken care of on time, it might turn fatal as well.

It is the kidneys which remove the waste and toxic substances from our body and help in maintaining the overall health of the entire system.

Yet another organ, liver, which has an equally important function, helps in digestion, regulating the blood sugar level and flushing out the toxins from the body.

Also Read: Yoga to Get Flat Tummy

Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana (Standing Split) To Stimulate Liver & Kidneys

What causes worry is that the liver and kidney diseases do not show any symptoms in the initial stages. So you need to be careful and watch out if you have a feeling of weakness, fatigue, nausea and slight swelling, as these are certain symptoms of liver and kidney diseases.

If you are on the lookout as to how to keep your liver and kidneys healthy, then probably yoga would be the best option.

Also Read: Yoga Asana To Strengthen Knees And Ankles

There are several yoga asanas, among which Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana also known as the Standing Split Pose is found helpful in stimulating the liver and the kidneys.

Take a look at the step-wise procedure to perform Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana.

Step-by-step Procedure To Perform Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana:

1. Stand straight. Slowly lift one foot up and keep the other grounded on the floor.

Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana (Standing Split) To Stimulate Liver & Kidneys

2. Lower your hands as well as the torso and face the floor.

3. Your body weight should rest on the leg that is grounded on the floor.

4. See to it that your pelvis is parallel to the floor.

5. The legs and the knees should be straight.

6. If the hands are short and do not reach the floor, use blocks.

Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana (Standing Split) To Stimulate Liver & Kidneys

7. Move your hands ahead of the foot and all your body weight should rest on the foot and the hands that are placed on the floor.

8. Hold the ankle of the leg with your hands.

9. Take a deep breath and remain in the position for about a minute.

10. Repeat the same with another leg.

Other Benefits Of Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana:

Helps to calm the mind.
Helps to stretch the hamstrings.
Helps to stretch the thighs and the calves.
Helps to strengthen the thighs, kness and ankles.
Helps to stretch the legs and groin.
Helps to improve concentration.
Helps to provide relief from headaches.


People suffering from lower back, ankle and knee injuries should avoid doing this Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana. They should only practise it under the supervision of a yoga instructor.

Read more about: yoga, asana, kidney, liver, health
Story first published: Friday, July 29, 2016, 15:30 [IST]
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