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Diagnosis: Crohn's Disease

Leia Kline holds yoga responsible for her increasingly good health.

That evening Scaravelli died. Says Kline, "I never actually met Vanda, but her spirit had touched me in a very profound way."

Now back in Hawaii, Kline continues her yoga practice and hopes to take teacher training classes in the Scaravelli style. She believes that yoga is responsible for her increasingly good health. Of her trip to Italy, she says, "I answered a distant call and was rewarded with an experience that changed my life."

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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

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