In both cases of IBS and IBD, the mind and body are connected, but, which symptom started first? Did the mind affect the body or did the body affect the mind? Either way, we know they are intertwined and we have to heal the ‘whole’ person in order to improve the condition any ailment. Despite all of the information out there, it is still difficult to find a known cure for IBS or IBD that helps to heal the ‘whole’ individual. Medications and surgery are often prescribed to physically help with the symptoms, but, there is a lack of knowledge out there to help people naturally heal through Yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, pranayama and eating whole foods.
The benefits of the meditative state of yoga are well documented. Meditation gives our bodies time to slow down and heal. Healing is a result of self-awareness of what the body needs. When we are practicing Hatha yoga we are focused on our body. We can feel the tensions and stresses in our own muscles and we can focus on healing in a particular area.
All inverted yoga poses are practices that help you sleep better. This can especially alleviate insomnia caused by hormonal changes. One inversion to try is Halasana or the Plow Pose. In this posture, you do not have to be perfect as long as you are achieving the proper posture. It is important to coordinate your breathing with your movements.
Teaching Yoga to Students Recovering from Surgery or Living with Chronic Illness: Reclining Healing Meditation
This meditation is wonderful to do lying down, ensconced in blankets and supported by a Yoga bolster under the knees. Before beginning the Reclining Healing Meditation, it is recommended that you ask your students if they need a bolster or an extra blanket.
The use of restorative yoga methods, in conjunction with traditional cancer treatments, is a great way to incorporate holistic methods which focus on the mind body connection, in order to improve a patient's mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
One of the keys to preventing and dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome is maintaining good posture and keeping the body in alignment, and Yoga does both. Yoga relaxes muscles and lengthens the spine; it also increases circulation and rids the body of toxins. A well-trained Yoga teacher knows how to choose poses that release entrapped nerves and blood vessels without going too far and causing muscles to spasm.
Some students may even have begun a regular practice of Yoga in order to enhance and support their weight loss efforts. Many of the vigorously flowing forms of Yoga practices, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga, help to dramatically increase strength by increasing muscle mass and in turn, boost one’s metabolism.
Many Yoga practitioners are vegetarians, but some are not. Some sources of meat are actually healthy, and the benefits out weight the small amounts of contamination the meat might contain. Fish concentrate poison in their liver, and the meat is largely free of toxins.
Yoga for cancer patients usually consists of gentle, restorative poses, mild forms of pranayama, and relaxation techniques, which narrows the style selection to restorative, therapeutic, gentle, Viniyoga, Iyengar or Yoga Therapy. The teacher must be competent, compassionate, and understanding. If you are a prospective student, you do not need a pushy instructor. If you are an instructor, you should have the qualifications, experience, and understanding for the task.
That is why gentle and therapeutic forms of yoga training could be the perfect exercise for people with this disease. Some patients have even shown that their signs have significantly decreased.