What is Yoga?
At its core, Yoga means union. To unite your body, mind and spirit. Why is this union important? Doctors know that our gut is our "second brain", influencing our mood, and well being. It is no surprise that an unhealthy gut means an unhealthy mind, and an unhealthy mind means an unhealthy gut. Yoga unites your mind with your body and your body with your mind. This results in a STRONG mind and STRONG gut.
Is Yoga for me?
- Does having IBD sometimes make you pull away from life?
- Do you wish pain would just go away?
- Are you tired of having low energy?
- Do you find yourself unable to concentrate?
- Are you looking for peace of mind?
- Do you wish you had more energy?
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What others with Crohn's and Colitis are saying about Yoga:
Yoga gives helps me relax my muslces, decreases my inflamation and gives me peace of mind. When I do Yoga I'm able to use less prescription muscle relaxer, like Naproxen" - Jonz Victor Stoneroad - Honolulu, Hawaii - Ulcerative Colitis since 2008
On some of my worst feeling days, yoga has saved my physical, mental and emotional life. The days, or periods of remission, which I have been grateful to have, I love Vinyasa yoga....Yoga brings me peace, it brings me to a place that centers me, that grounds me and humbles meI feel so connected to myself and on the mat that is so small, yet you need nothing more. There is so much to be gained from having an IBD and practicing yoga, I truly believe it has helped me heal. Wherever you are on any given day with your disease there is a pose waiting for you to embrace. NaMaStE! - Venus Hayes - Royal Oak, Michigan - Crohn's Disease since 1987
I've had ulcerative colitis since 2007 but have suffered from stomach problems long before then. I finally picked up yoga in college where I found it helped calm my nerves as well as helped me focus better in class. Since moving to NYC and dealing with IBD I've found that practicing yoga has helped me calm my mind, body and soul. I practice meditation, breathing exercises and specific yoga asanas everyday and find that it relieves tension and helps my body feel better. When struggling with a flare up, I find it's absolutely essential for me to hit my yoga mat which helps to ease any belly discomfort. I would highly recommend practicing yoga for anyone who suffers from IBD." - Shira Turkl-Rubin - Ulcerative Colitis since 2007 - Yoga Teacher, Holistic Health Coach, and Author of Fix Your Belly Blues
"All disease begins in the gut" - Hippocrates - the father of modern medicine
When the gut is inflamed, it does not absorb nutrients and foods properly and so fatigue and bloating can occur.