Why You Get Nausea After Yoga and How To Stop It
Many yogis and yoginis, especially people relatively new to the practice, commonly complain about nausea. Nausea results in a sensation of queasiness felt in the stomach, which makes you feel like throwing up. A lot of factors can cause it, but it typically occurs due to incorrect abdominal organ pressure or inner ear disturbances/imbalances.
Knowing the what and why of nausea after yoga will help you figure out which methods to implement to prevent it.
Overtaxed/toxic gallbladder or liver
Many people who practice yoga feel nausea after their session because of an overtaxed or toxic gallbladder or liver. This unpleasant sensation may also indicate the beginning of the detoxification process.
Because yoga aids in the detoxification and cleansing of the liver, having an overtaxed or toxic liver increases the odds of the appearance of nausea symptoms during a practice.
Low blood pressure. Sometimes, nausea occurs due to a person having low blood pressure. When you know you have this condition, make it a habit to eat something light prior to your practice. A few pieces of raw nuts or an apple one hour before your session will minimize your chances of experience nausea after your practice.
Incorrect timing with eating cycle
Nausea associated to yoga practice can also result from incorrect timing with your eating cycle. Before your session, make sure you do not stuff yourself with a heavy meal, but make sure your stomach still has something in it. It is a must to have empty bladder and bowels, but should still remain sufficiently hydrated. While practicing, avoid gulping down water.
Wrong pose at the wrong time
For yoginis, you should time your practice as well as the types of poses you make and hold with your menstrual cycle. When you have your menses, avoid doing backbends.
The right treatment depends on eliminating the root cause
The key to ridding yourself of nausea or controlling it is to address the root cause.
For instance, since your liver and gallbladder has something to do with nausea during or after yoga, keeping these organs healthy and properly functioning will help you avoid experiencing symptoms. Yoga can help rid them of toxic and poisonous elements, but it pays to practice with healthier organs so that you do not have to worry too much about nausea during sessions. Eat right and avoid alcoholic drinks.
You can also control nausea through an increase in your intake of nutritious beverages, such as fruit juices. Take in more cold water all throughout the day. Lemon, green, and herbal teas can also assist in boosting the healing process of the body when it comes to treating nausea.
Yoga poses for managing nausea better
As counterintuitive as it may seem, seeing that you experience nausea after practice, there are actually several types of poses that will help you better manage your condition.
Here are some of them:
Deep breathing exercise.
Completely filling up your abdomen with oxygen will allow to abdominal muscles to release and relax the diaphragm muscles. As a result, the sick feeling you have in the stomach dissipates
To perform this exercise, you just need to slowly inhale through your nose, and mind how your stomach protrudes with air. Keep pulling as much air in as possible, until you reach the point you cannot take in any more of it. Hold your breath in for a few seconds, then let it out through your mouth. Pull your belly button towards your stomach, as this will help you exhale slowly.
Repeat this exercise several times for about 15 minutes. You can continue doing it when your nauseous feelings return.
Sukasana, or downward-facing easy pose.
Perform the Sukasana pose, crossing your legs. Bend from the hips, reach out your arms, and have your arms resting on a chair or a pillow. Take in deep breaths in an even manner for a couple of minutes. Keep doing this until your nausea passes.
Viparita Karani, or Legs up the Wall Pose
An effective yoga pose for alleviating nausea is the Viparita Karani, or the Legs up the Wall pose. To perform this exercise, lie on a smooth surface, just across a wall. Lift both your legs up so you can rest them against the wall. Have your bottom positioned as near to the wall as you can. Your body should have a 90 degree angle position. For better support on your hips, use a bolster or a small pillow. Breathe in slowly and relax for eight minutes.
Baddha Konasana, or Bound Angle Pose
With Baddha Konasana, or the Bound Angle Pose, you need to find a comfortable sitting position. Draw your feet’s soles together. Have your heels positioned as close to your pelvis as possible. Pull your feet towards your body with your hands, placing them in a position you find comfortable. Hold this pose for several minutes.
Other effective nausea management strategies
Aside from the four yoga poses and exercises discussed above, there are several other things you can do to manage your nausea.
One is to continue working at opening your hips and shoulders through performing seated twists and standing poses.
When doing backbends, put your focus on making your neck feel more relaxed. For example, lie on your back and relax your legs. You should feel comfortable in your position. Gravity will soon have a softening effect on your voice box, moving it back into the area of your neck vertebrae. Your upper lungs’ soft tissues, as well as those in your brain and inner ears, will soon relax as well.
While lying, make sure you avoid moving at all. Observe how your breathing sounds. You should feel your neck relax. Maintain this position as you move into your backend. Moving slowly is critical here, as this is where you will hear the sounds produced by your core body.
As a final reminder, you should know that nausea is common in yogis and yoginis, so do not panic right away when you experience its symptoms. However, if they lead to debilitation, contact your doctor right away, as it may indicate an underlying health problem.