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Irritable Bowel Disease - A Personal Experience

Posted Aug 03 2009 2:18am
Like many of us, throughout the '80s and '90s I overstressed my body, first by studying professional ballet and then by teaching as many as 30 high impact aerobic classes per week. During this period I kept some yoga basics in my classes to encourage flexibility (my strong suit). The postures I learned as a child with my mother yielded great dividends in both dance and aerobics. By the turn of the millennium, physical, mental and spiritual burnout brought me back to yoga. This time, because I had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, the emphasis was on the healing aspects of the discipline. I learned that Irritable Bowel Disease was stress related, and what better place to research the effect of yoga on this condition than with myself. Other than the diagnosis, Western medicine offered very little assistance. Doctors provided little practical information, and prescriptive solutions did not work for me.

So began my journey. First, I changed some longstanding bad eating habits, and went so far as to try vegetarianism, as suggested by the sutras. However, this was not the path for me, as I discovered allergies to soy products and all forms of milk (goat's, cow's and sheep's). Next I began researching herbs. Ayurveda suggested Curcumin from turmeric, and this was one .............
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