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26 Nov 2005

Yoga Techniques for IBS
What is the best yoga position for IBS and when you're bloated?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Chick, yoga can help alleviate symptoms and keep stress in check that is one of the primary causes of IBS - I have taken some info from Yoga Journal on the topic.

A Mayo Clinic study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology showed that exercise, diet, and stress management reduced IBS symptoms. This is why many experts recommend regular stress reduction and exercise like yoga as a more effective way to prevent recurrences over the long run. "With IBS the goal is to reduce symptoms and restore efficient functioning to the system," says Gary Kraftsow, author and yogi.

Abdominal breathing in particular has proven helpful in IBS sufferers, and deep inhalations and exhalations may benefit those who breathe shallowly when stressed or swallow air while eating or talking, trapping air in the stomach.

IBS sufferers often battle bowel habits that are painful and unpredictable. During a flare-up, Kraftsow recommends concentrating on postures that provide a soothing effect. He suggests forward bends and simple abdominal twists like Jathara Parivrtti (a revolved twist) and Apanasana (a knee-to-chest pose), which may help soothe a hyperactive bowel or stimulate a sluggish one.

For constipation, you can stimulate digestion by working the abdomen more strongly in Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) or Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose); just move into the postures with the belly held in after releasing an exhalation.

Hope this helps.
Regards
Chris
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