Yoga, Ayurveda, and alternative healing methods, including Dr. Lajpatrai Mehra’s Neurotherapy (LMNT), trace their historical and philosophical roots to ancient Indian traditions. While they are distinct practices, they are often interconnected and complementary in promoting holistic well-being. Integrating Yoga with LMNT presents a comprehensive approach to health and healing, addressing various facets of an individual’s well-being.

Yoga can significantly contribute to enhancing gut health and complement LMNT in managing chronic disorders. Many gastrointestinal issues stem from the hyperactivity or overstimulation of the autonomic nervous system. For instance, constipation may arise due to an overactive sympathetic nervous system, while irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is linked to an overstimulated parasympathetic nervous system.

Yogasanas and Pranayam help to balance the autonomic nervous system to restore the homeostasis of mind and body. The following recommended asanas and pranayamas demonstrate their efficacy in addressing specific gut-related conditions.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Yogasanas Pranayam
Viprit Karni (Legs up the wall pose) Sarvanga asana (Shoulder Stand) Nadi Shodhan (Alternate nostril breathing) pranayama in Vajraasana (thunderbolt Pose/Diamond Pose) immediately after meal and at bedtime is good to prevent gas formation and gastritis
Sectional breathing and abdominal breathing with ‘A’ kara chanting are very useful to allow a free flow of Prana

Additionally, avoid fast loosening practices like jogging, forward/backward bending, twisting etc. and emphasize more on inverted postures.

Chronic Constipation

Yogasanas Pranayam
Malasana - Natural crouching or traditional pose, allows complete bowel evacuation by straightening of the bend between rectum and anus (anorectal angle) Bhramari (Bee breath) Bhastrika (Bellows breath)
Pawanmuktasana (Release pose) Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
Dhanurasana (Bow pose) Halasana (Plough pose)
Aardha matsayendrasana (Half Lord of the fishes pose)

Low back pain/ cervical spondylosis

Yogasanas Pranayam
Tadasana (Mountain pose) Urdhwa Hastottanasana (Eagle pose) Nadi Shodhan (Alternate nostril breathing) Bhramari (Bee breath)
Ardhchakrasana (Half Wheel pose) Konasana (Angle pose)
Uttanpadasana (Raised Leg pose) Setubandhasana (Bridge pose)
Ushtraasana (Camel pose) Vakraasana (Spinal Twist pose)
Marjariasana (Cat pose) Saral Matsayasana (Easy Fish pose)
Bhujangasana (Cobra pose) Shalabhasana (Locust pose)
Makrasana (Crocodile pose) Shavasana (Corpse pose)

“Aum’ chanting and prayer.

Strengthening Kidneys

Yogasanas Pranayam
Surya Namaskar (Sun salutation) Supta vajrasana (Reclined Thunderbolt pose) Bhastrika (Bellows breath)
Shashankasana (Hare pose) Marjari asana (Cat pose)
bhujang asana (Cobra pose) trikonasana (Triangle pose)
Matsyasana (Fish pose) Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)
Ardha Matsayendra asana (Half Lord of the fishes pose) Halasana (Plough Pose)
Madukasana (Frog pose) Gomukhasana (Cow face pose)
Ushtrasana (Camel pose)

Liver Strengthening

Yogasanas Pranayam
Dhanurasana (Bow pose) ardha matsyedrasana (Half fish Pose) Kapalbhati Anulom Vilom
Gomukhasana (Cow face pose) Naukasana (Boat pose)
Ardha padmottanasana Adho Mukh Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog pose)

Lungs Strengthening

Yogasanas Pranayam
Surya Namaskara (Sun salutation) Supta vajrasana (Reclined thunderbolt pose) all Pranayama, deep yogic breathing
Dhanurasana (Bow pose) Ushtrasana (Camel pose)
Hasta uttanasana (Raised arms pose Matsyaasana (Fish Pose),
Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand) Setubandhasana (Bridge Pose)