Stressful life style and lack of exercise can lead to hemorrhoids. Yoga is
beneficial to either treat or prevent hemorrhoids. It can both alleviate the
discomfort or help prevent it from forming.
Yoga therapy is of great help to prevent and control hemorrhoids from getting worse. Practice of shatkriya or yogic cleansing technique keeps the body purified, and prevent digestive and intestinal problems. In the condition of hemorrhoids, one may experience constipation or difficultly in passing stool. Basti kriya aid smooth peristalsis movement for quick elimination.
In addition, ashwini mudra in various seated and inverted postures strengthen and prevent the enlargement or swelling of hemorrhoids. Inverted postures like viparita karani, sarvangasana and sirsasana are great reliefs from the irritation and pain from the hemorrhoids.
Yoga can often relieve mild pain, swelling and inflammation of hemorrhoids. Regular practice of kriya, asana and pranayama
can reduce pressure on veins, which can occur with long periods of standing or sitting.
Avoid straining and holding the breath when trying to pass stool, as it would create greater pressure in the veins in the lower rectum. Try not to sit for too long in the toilet.
Drinking lots of water to help keep the stool soft. Eat fruits, vegetables and food which contain fibre. This helps in reliving constipation and aid easy elimination.