I have read here in the past that Yoga is sometimes helpful to relax the Irritable Bowel. I have been taking Yoga now for over 6 months once a week and while it feels great when I do it and I always sleep like a rock the night of Yoga, I don't seem to have any lasting effects re: IBS. Is there specific Yoga exercises geared to IBS and if so is there any good books or Web site that could help me learn more ? I have asked my instructor and she is not aware of any specific routines for IBS but is interested in learning more as well if there is. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Hi, As a yoga/pilates instructor, I'd say first off that its great that you're doing yoga. But once a week isn't enough. 3 times per week is the minimal best, and will also lessen the chance of injury. Even if its at home for 15/20 minutes. There is an amazing array of videos on the market for whatever level of yoga you want.Every yoga flow can be good for IBS if you're breathing correctly. Deep, fluid breathing. Fill up the lungs & expel completely. The rhythmic breath keeps you calm through the challenges. It's imp to breath correctly all day anyways, as shallow breathing leads to the body being in flight/fright mode continuously, which effects most body systems negatively, including the intestinal microflora...Off track there--sorry! Good poses specific for digestion are a five breath cobra, and all back bending poses--bow, camel, bridge, reverse warrior, etc. Great poses to relieve the lower back & start to detox the liver, spleen & kidneys include all relaxing spinal twist moves. Any forward bending motion induces automatic relaxation in the central & autonomous nervous systems...Meditation at the end in corpse is the best, and sometimes the hardest, but it's an incredible way to start & maintain low stress throughout the day. Inversions & back bends also release "happy hormones" to take through your day.Doing yoga every day would be best--even if its just 15 minutes of sun salutations and some bows & twists...Enjoy!
Thanks Talissa, great information and I will try every day to do some especially the breathing because I know that really does help with my relaxation. Thanks again for the wealth of knowledge as well as the suggestions.
I'm also trying Yoga- even if you aren't flexible you can still do some. I can do all but two of the positions that I know of (that's like 20 or so). I'm going to see if I can grab a tape later tonight.Meg
Wmtanda - interested that you are doing Yoga (sorry, Eric had posted about YODA - so thought we were still on about the little fella) - I have started Pilates (not quite the same thing I appreciate but similar vein) really because I kept putting my back out (no smutty comments perlease!!). Can I be disgusting (well I am already) the only trouble is, it kind of "wakes up" old Col the colon, so I get a helluva lot of wind afterwards, having said that, I think these type of exercises are great relaxes and help strengthen the abdo muscles.Welcome to the siteSue
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