Yoga for Digestion
A 30 minute gentle yoga practice and a 10 minute breathing practice to help improve your gut-brain connection!
Have you heard the saying that your gut is really your second brain?
This may not come as a surprise from those suffering with digestive issues - because it can often feel like our gut has a mind of its own!
Did you know
Functional gut disorders, like IBS, have been reclassified as disorders of the gut-brain interaction, and for good reason!
Our gut and brain are connected by an information superhighway - the vagus nerve. Scientists have recognized that a disruption in this communication drives not only how we perceive our symptoms, but digestion too!
A well functioning gut-brain connection can be disrupted for many reasons; researchers are still exploring the exact cause but it's likely multifactorial.
- differing abilities to digest and absorb certain nutrients (like FODMAPs)
- differences in the gut microbiome
- infections causing the nerves in our gut to be extra sensitive, even after we have recovered
- our immune system responding inappropriately to dietary components
- our bodies sensing normal digestion as pain - something called 'visceral hypersensitivity'
- stress altering these nervous system pathways
Regardless of the cause, working on improving and strengthening normal communication from the brain to the gut, and vice versa is KEY in helping you feel better and manage your symptoms with more resilience.
Yoga and mindfulness have both been extensively researched in digestive disorders, especially IBS. In fact, they often perform as well as dietary changes in the management of symptoms!
Our amazing team of GI dietitians sees these as a tool in our tool kit to help you getting on track and feeling better.
That's why we have these two FREE videos created by our very own Andrea Clarke, registered dietitian and yoga instructor!
- a 10 minute breathing exercise
- a 30 minute gentle yoga for digestion practice
Best part is - you can bookmark it and come back as often as you'd like!
Hi! I’m Andrea! I trained at Acadia University in Nova Scotia and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and have been practicing since 2015 and am registered with the College of Dietitians of Alberta. I am also a registered yoga teacher!
With the gut and the brain being so highly connected, I am able to pull from my experience as a yoga teacher, and relate that in all of the work I do - from digestive health, to food relationship.
You can book an appointment with me, or my other amazing team members at Ignite Nutrition virtually or in Calgary Alberta.
Ready to start improving your gut-brain connection and help manage digestive pain, bloating and discomfort?
Join our yoga for digestion!