I struggled with digestive problems from a pretty young age. Was the culprit the regular antibiotics I had taken as a youngster for tonsillitis? Maybe it was the high levels of stress in my home growing up? Or perhaps my body was crying out loud because of a lack of vitamins and minerals and an excess of sugar? It was probably all of those factors combined. And like anything we experience over and over again, my digestive discomfort became my new “normal”.
Our ability to properly digest the food we eat and the experiences we have in life is paramount to our health. I remember an herbalist that I studied with once said, “If you don’t know where to start with a client, begin with digestion”. That sentence made a big impression on me then, and it sticks with me to this day.
Just like little Emily got used to her symptoms of poor digestion, I would guess that many of you have as well. Bloating, gas, cramps, constipation, diarrhea… whether you experience one or some of these signs of dis-ease regularly or occasionally, it’s an indication that you’re not absorbing and eliminating well, and it’s time to take action to support your body. As a Holistic Nutritionist and certified Yoga Therapist, I specialize in gastrointestinal issues, from reflux to IBS to seemingly unrelated symptoms of poor digestion like anxiety, joint pain, acne or eczema. Because I see so many clients who struggle in this area, I’ve decided to bring it to the yoga studio, so I can offer my guidance to many of you at once. I’ve created a workshop to help you understand how to use yoga to improve your digestion, and thus your nutrient absorption and your health.
In this workshop we’ll discuss how the nervous system affects digestion and practice techniques to shift the nervous system into the right mode to digest optimally. You’ll practice yoga postures, breathing exercises and mindfulness tools to build your digestive fire, jatharagni. You’ll learn what practices to use when you’ve eaten too much or the wrong kinds of foods, and practices to use regularly to grow your digestive strength. This workshop also includes Ayurvedic recommendations for improving digestion, such as what foods to include and what foods to reduce or avoid, and the best times during the day to eat.
Please join me on Saturday December 2nd from 1-3pm for Yoga for Digestion, and spread the word if you have people in your community that could benefit from this. The workshop costs $35, includes a handout for your home practice, and qualifies for 2 hours of continuing education through Yoga Alliance. Register online now and take charge of your health!
In service (of happy digestion),