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LMills
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   Posted 11/19/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Do any of you practice yoga at all?
I'm looking for more exercises to do, and it's difficult because the ones I did prior to Crohn's depended on abdominal strength/activity.

Yoga looks promising for the most part (will probably be skipping out on the bend backwards poses), but I was hoping to get some insight and advice on it from anyone who has tried it.
So far I'm able to walk a little bit, but I need more...I'm so stiff from prednisone and inactivity. This really, really needs to change.
I know I can't do much, but I can't let my body fall apart if I have even a little bit of time to help it. I've always wanted to start yoga anyway.

Crohn's has already taken away enough already.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
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Octobergirl
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   Posted 11/19/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was marathon training, I tried to be pretty consistent with yoga to help loosen up my really tight hamstrings. I had tried it a few times before, but I didn't really get that much out of it. Then I tried it with a new instructor at our gym, and she was awesome. It can be a very difficult, but it's very rewarding and I liked that I felt like I was doing something good for my body, instead of feeling like I beat it into the ground (like from running.)

I would definitely start out with an instructor, and give it a few times, even if you don't feel like you're getting much out of it at first. Plus, as with any exercise, be careful. Before my diagnosis I had SI joint pain, which I later found out was from Crohn's. I tried to do yoga poses for that, but I ended up making it worse. So obviously, just listen to your body, and if you have an injury, I would talk to the instructor about certain poses to avoid so that you don't aggravate it any further.

Good luck, hope you like it!

inflamed
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   Posted 11/19/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Yoga has been great for me and my CD. It's something I've always been able to do no matter how I feel. If I feel great I add in some pilates, do harder positions and hold them longer. When I'm sick I can focus on relaxation and flexibility. I would go to a beginners class. I started one at a community center. Many people were older, so I knew I could fit in and keep the pace.
Mom to a healthy Pentasa baby and pregnant with #2. 5+ years remission, woo hoo!


pb4
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   Posted 11/19/2009 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I did Pilates for a while and it was good but I like doing my cardio and weightlifting more...there are so many forms of yoga I'm sure you'll find a few that will best suite you and you can always adjust according to the severity of your flares too, it's always better to do something than nothing at all.

:)

Dagger
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   Posted 11/19/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yoga is great! I strongly suggest you start by taking classes. After taking classes for a while, then you can switch to DVD's. Yoga is very safe IF you do it properly. If you do certain moves wrong, you can hurt yourself.

If you really can't take a class, just be really careful following a DVD and don't do anything that doesn't feel safe.

catpower
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   Posted 11/19/2009 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to stop yoga when my Crohn's was bad. The twist stretches especially hurt my stomach. If you keep your moves simple, it should be ok (downward dog, eagle pose, etc.). When I stopped yoga, I started taking a basic adult ballet class which I loved! It was really relaxing and good exercise.

Another suggestion that may sound silly, but I really have enjoyed my Wii Fit. It keeps me active and amused in thee comfort of my own home.
Dx with Crohn's Colitis; Meds: Pred and Imuran; female in late 20s.


LMills
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   Posted 11/20/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your input! I may start out with simple stretches with books and a DVD. I can't really leave the house much at the moment so classes are a little bit more difficult until that changes.

There's nothing wrong with using the Wii fit...I have a Wii, but not that game. I just know that it's a good alternative to the gym or outdoors for people with physical ailments (long term or not).

Goodness knows I need a stress reducer right now...finals are coming up, and the cigarette smoke from the apartment below is still flowing in through our covered vents and filter.
I don't want to have to move out because they can't fix this...

In the mean time, I think something like yoga would really help.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
bonniegriffith.blogspot.com/
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


pb4
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   Posted 11/20/2009 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm...well, it's a good thing they're only smoking cigarettes eh??? Or maybe not?? LOL!

:)

LMills
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   Posted 11/20/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Cigarette smoke is the only kind I know that has studies backing up its detrimental effects on Crohn's :( Ignoring the carcinogens of course...I hate it!!
Thanks for the early morning laugh by the way :)
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
bonniegriffith.blogspot.com/
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


basil
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   Posted 11/20/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Try a beginners or gentle yoga class to start. They are usually very easy on the body and very relaxing. I wish I could afford to regularly go to yoga classes, as I find the class environment much more soothing than yoga on DVD. But definitely still worth it to get a DVD if you aren't able to go to a class.
I also have really noticed a correlation to my CD and stress, so I think yoga could be beneficial in that sense too-- it's a great stress reliever. Now I'm feeling inspired to get back into yoga myself!

Sniper
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   Posted 11/20/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried it one time, after falling down the stairs I was bent up like a pretzel . I know it was Yoga moves that got me untwisted but getting that way on purpose eludes me. Hurts too much to bend that way. I try to walk for exercise . i'm afraid thats all this old body can do for now.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


brit tuck
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   Posted 11/21/2009 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I go to power yoga at least 5 days a week. I love it and it keeps me sane while dealing with the stress of law school. But I don't think I could have done it if I wasn't currently in remission. Power yoga is definitely a work out and it's in a heated room so you're sweating a lot. But it's so much fun and I love the studio I go to. But if I was still dealing with active flares I don't think I could handle it. So I think the suggestion of using tapes and doing gentle yoga postures at home is a good one. It will still get you in the practice of doing yoga and it's a nice way to get out of your head for a bit. And hopefully when you start feeling better you can venture out and find a class. But until then don't try and push too hard on your body.

bella_sky
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   Posted 11/21/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Omygosh I was just thinking about starting yoga dvd's then classes too :) So glad you guys posted so much on this thread - thanks!
24 female, dx w/CD finally in July 2009, currently taking remicade, prednisone to counteract side-effects of remicade, pentasa, cipro, flagyl, probiotics, celexa, bentyl, and biofeedback.
 
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change" Charles Darwin

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