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   Posted 9/25/2011 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I attended the - Art of Living - course this past week (thr, fri, sat and sun). I am looking to see if I can possibly reduce the symptoms and cope with my GERD - by practicing the breathing exercises that they teach.

I was quite impressed by the quality of teaching and the way it was taught. I am going to start to spend 15 minutes every morning doing the breathing exercises I've learnt. The "sudarshan kriya" breathing exercise was quite powerful - I felt. It has been known to target and calm the nervous system - which I suspect is the root cause of my GERD/LPRD. At the end of these breathing exercises, I feel the blood and oxygen flow into various parts of the body and felt strong sensations in the upper GI area and the brain area.

I'll be curious to know if anyone else has tried it.

Post Edited (PPI-LESS) : 9/25/2011 5:35:12 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/25/2011 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
PPi-less, thanks for posting this. I need to get back into yoga, which I do less in warm weather. In warm weather I swim and/or ride my bike for up to 2 hours, at least 2x/week. On top of that, I spend a lot of time gardening: digging in the dirt is very soothing. This site is great, the people are wonderful, but it is dominated by surgical approaches.  My GERD started during a stressful period at work.

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   Posted 9/25/2011 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Since I can not take the medications, my options are limited to - natural stuff or the surgery. Since my GERD/LPRD is fairly new and my symptoms are not that severe and I don't have structural problems - surgery is not a real option for me at this point.

So, I have no choice but to exhaust all the other options out there first - to see if I can control and manage my symptoms somehow. I've seen improvements in my symptoms in the past 2 months or so - however, they are not quite going away.

Several people have been telling me that for chronic conditions: yoga, meditation and breathing types of activities are essential to be included in one's daily regimen .. so I am going to give it a try .. does require some commitment but nothing to lose really.
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