Yoga for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Yoga stances and poses can help relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Learn how to ease your symptoms using yoga techniques presented by a professional yoga instructor in this free video.

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Hi. I'm Jeff at Light in Shining Armor Studio, Tampa Bay's Yoga Instructor of the Year, Best of the Bay 2010, and today we're going to talk about yoga for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. One of the things we want to focus on for Irritable Bowel Syndrome are side bends. My assistant, Nessie, is going to help me demonstrate this position. What we're going to do today is triangle pose. What we want to do is bring the legs and bring the feet about one and a half shoulder widths apart. The more advanced you are, the wider the legs or the feet will be. You're going to turn the left foot in towards the body and the right foot out. One thing you want to focus on if balance is an issue, the heel of the out turned foot is in line with the arch of the in turned foot. The hips are facing front or facing forward. The arms are going to be parallel to the floor. We're going to crease at the waist to the right and then come over and as you come over you look up over your shoulder, we're opening up the chest. You can see how this is helping with IBS because we're putting a side twist or a side bend. If you want to deepen the pose, you can bring the left arm parallel to the floor. One of the common mistakes in triangle is that people want to get as close to the floor as they can. You want to remember to keep the body straight. Imagine that the shoulder and the hip are on the wall. So, we're not twisting forward, we're keeping the body straight. If your hand is on the right leg, let me just demonstrate, place your hand on your right leg Nessie and lean there. You're not going to get the benefit of the pose because you're taking the pressure off the stretch. So, as she was doing it correctly the first time, the hand is in front of the leg. To come out of the position, inhale, release the arms and then gently walk the legs together and there you have it. I'm Jeff at Light in Shining Armor Studio, Tampa Bay's Best of the Bay Yoga Instructor, 2010, and that was triangle pose which is good for alleviating symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Thank you.

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