Yoga for Treating Colitis
| April 13, 2007
I diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 19. At that time, I felt that it was more like a state of being" than an illness. After the early diagnosis, my condition was more or less latent for several years. It was only after I completed engineering college and started work that the attacks recommenced with increasing regularity. However I could manage them quite easily. Look dad, nothing to break your head over.
I started falling sick once more around Easter, 2006. At first, I didnt take this attack too seriously. But as the force and severity got worse in June, and by July 20, 2006, I was admitted to a clinic where I had never been before. I was told that I would be there only for a couple days at most. However the days passed into weeks and as my body refused to respond to treatment and my options were quickly declining to just one: surgery.
I finally left the clinic on July 29, 2006. At last was it time to return home. I was feeble and down in the dumps and scared of the impending surgery. But, thankfully, I was 27 years old and still alive. Certainly something.
Fortunately I ran into a friend who suggested yoga. By then I was desperate enough to try anything. There it was that I was prescribed this Yoga Posture Sequence for colitis.
- Bound angle pose
- Bridge pose
- Corpse pose
- Downward facing dog
- Half-plough pose
- Hero pose
- Inverted staff pose
- Legs up the wall pose
- Reclining bound angle pose
- Reclining easy seated pose
- Wide-angle seated pose
Things have been great ever since. The pain has eased, as have the urges to run to the loo. Probably the diet. I'm absolutely off non-veg fare, just plain pulses and veggies, mainly the green-leafy vegetable kind. Also plenty and plenty of yoghurt!
I would like to use this blog to narrate some of my experiences during my stay in the clinic
Thanks a lot! And wish me luck.