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Readers Respond: Do You Have IBS and Practice Yoga?

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Updated October 11, 2012

From the article: Yoga for IBS

Although research on yoga for IBS is limited, many IBS sufferers have turned to yoga as a way to reduce stress and, therefore, to help ease their IBS symptoms. Have you tried yoga? Do you think that it has had a positive effect on your IBS? Has your IBS got in the way of your practice? What tips can you share about practicing yoga when one has IBS?

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IBS yoga and me

I developed IBS around 10 years ago after a nasty stomach illness. For many years I thought that one day it would just get better. I have practiced yoga for 13 years and qualified as a BWY yoga teacher last year after approx 4 years of study. My IBS was at its worst during this time- moving from the role of student of yoga to teacher involved some anxiety and a kind of stage fright response which would, of course, go straight to my tummy before classes. Generally I find practice calms the symptoms and releases gas (or trapped prana as I prefer!). I will modify fwd bends, especially the strong seated ones, rather than avoid them completely and work dynamically- never holding a fwd bend. Standing and lying down breathing practices will help more than seated ones. Lying down back arch- dvi pada pitham, any lying down stretch which opens the belly and supine twists are my favourite soothers. I have been FODMAPing since Dec 2011- it works well I am keen to research into auyrveda and compare.
—Guest Aimee @ Treespirit-Yoga

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