Can Yoga Reduce Your Stutters?

Do you know how yoga can help reduce your stuttering? These simple yoga postures (asanas) can improve your verbal communication by reducing stuttering.

yoga and stuttering

How Are Yoga and Stuttering Related?

Research shows that anxiety is not a root cause of stuttering. There is no direct connection between yoga and stuttering. However, anxiety has an adverse effect on people who stutter (PWS).

How Yoga Reduces Stress

To understand how yoga reduces stress, let us first know about the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is a part of our nervous system responsible for the functioning of our heart, liver, intestines, and some other organs.

Yogasanas For Stuttering

1. Anuloma-Viloma Pranayama

Pranayama helps in stimulating PNS. It helps promote diaphragmatic breathing, which helps in reducing stuttering.

  • Block one nostril using your thumb and inhale using the other for 4 counts.
  • Then retain the air for 16 counts.
  • Breath out from the other nostril for 8 counts.
  • Repeat it by inhaling from the other nostril and exhaling.

2. Savasana

Savasana helps reduce stress, headaches, and lowers blood pressure. This is how you can do it:

  • Close your eyes and sit in an upright position. Relax your muscles.
  • Take deep breaths.
  • As you continue deep breathing, gently lie down on your back with your legs relaxed and heels one foot apart.
  • Place your arms by your side. Relax your eyes, jaws, shoulders, and feel the calmness in your body.

3. Balasana

Balasana increases blood circulation to our head, which helps in reducing stress and anxiety. It also calms the Central Nervous System (CNS).

  • Sit on your heels with your spinal cord straight.
  • Gently bring your body to a table position.
  • Slowly lower your hips and lay your forehead on the floor.
  • Position your arms and knees in a way you feel comfortable with.
  • Take deep breaths. Press your thighs against your belly while inhaling.

4. Salamba Sarvangasana

Salamba Sarvangasana is a comparatively challenging yoga pose. Do not attempt it if you have high blood pressure, neck injury, or if you are pregnant.

  • The first step of this yogasana is to lie down on your back.
  • Then slowly raise your hips and legs upwards, at a 90° angle from the floor.
  • As you do this, bring your chest closer to your chin.

5. Baddha Konasana

Baddha Konasana not only reduces stress but also stimulates the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. This is how you can do it:

  • Sit in Sukhasana, i.e., with your legs crossed and spinal cord straight.
  • Take a deep breath. As you do so, bring the soles of your feet together.
  • Bring your heels a close to your pelvis as you can without any discomfort.
  • Hold your feet together with your hands. Drop your knees to the floor.
  • Exhale air and bend your body forward. Touch the floor with your forehead.
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Lift your body while exhaling and return to Sukhasana.

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