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i am never surprised, yet always amazed, at the almost magical benefits of yoga -especially the breathing exercises. this story is so moving. is it possible to connect with leila via emails?


Sherri Theos

I am a new owner of a yoga studio here in Dedham Ma., Dedham Dragonfly Yoga. I have a few students who have crohn's disease and I have been looking for some literature on how yoga can help. This article is wonderful and I have printed it so I can hand it out and have it in the studio as reference to the wonders of yoga. I was wondering if there are any specific poses that are beneficial to the crohns sufferer? Thanks so much!


Just a word of caution Heather, be very gentle with postures for the digestive system and avoid lying prone, as this will be too much for you during a flare up (No bow pose!). As Milkana advises, most importantly concentrate on youth breath - particularly exhalation - this will stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system and reduce stress in the body which aggravates Chrohns. Namaste


It sounds like Kundalini yoga to me, with the focus on awakening the spine.

Milkana G.

Heather, you could achieve the same results with any traditional practice of ashtanga or hatha yoga..You could do the very basic poses and hold as little as ten or fifteen seconds. Try to concentrate on positions that are primarily for the digestive system and the ones that massage tha drenal glands. Any yoga book that explains the therapeutic benefits of the positions will assist you. And also remember to always concentrate on your breathing, trying to keep your thought on the benefitting chakra or gland. If you believe in it, it will work. Namaste


Where can we get more information about this style of yoga? I have Crohn's Disease, and I'm looking for a VERY gentle practice I can do during a bad flare up. Even the most gentle routines I've usually done seem to be too much when I'm this ill.

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