If you’re looking for a new and fun way to get in some daily movement while working toward better kidney and overall health — consider yoga! Yoga provides a variety of physical and mental benefits, and might just be the change you are looking for.
By focusing on being in tune with your body, stretching and breathing, you're practicing poses that can improve kidney function — and might leave peaceful and relaxed. Plus, yoga strengthens your immune system and is a great way to remove stress.
Yoga is known to help organ function and increase blood flow. With the right poses and practice, you can relieve some symptoms of kidney disease while improving their function and reducing your risk of kidney cancer.
You might be eager to advance and master those poses, but first, chat with your doctor and dialysis provider. They'll give you important tips and considerations so you can get the most out of yoga practice without injury. Also, as you begin attending classes, check in with the yoga instructor and let him or her know that you’re living with kidney disease.