Ravi- Glad to hear you've gotten a handle on GERD and your life has vastly improved!
Would you mind providing a short list of asanas as well as breathing exercises in the meantime? Starting a youtube channel of course takes time and this information could be very useful to many on this forum!
Regarding yoga and GERD- I want to note that I was a yoga practitioner and teacher for about
years. During that time I found yoga to be helpful in a lot of ways, but it's not a panacea to everything as many believe.
I've been thinking about
which postures and exercises would be most beneficial to those with GERD/LPR/Acid Reflux. It stands to reason that practicing any yoga posture shortly after eating is a bad idea. Most yoga gurus and teachers would likely suggest that yoga be practiced on an -empty stomach-. In the morning at sunrise is probably the best way to do it.
Inversions (headstands/handstands etc) don't seem like they would be beneficial for GERD patients for obvious reasons, but what about
postures like Downward Facing Dog? I find myself wondering if postures with slightly downward motions could still be helpful if done before any food is ingested (to minimize acid seeping into esophagus).
One breathing exercise I think would be beneficial for us (but have no evidence to back it up) would be the version of Pranayama breathing (as done in a Bikram yoga class). It involves standing with toes and heels together, hands under the chin, and inhaling for 6 seconds as your elbows go up towards the ceiling- then exhaling (6 seconds) and pushing your hands against the chin and bringing your elbows to touch. (look up a youtube video if unsure about
how this looks). I want to believe that through yoga, the body can be strengthened, including the LES.
Having dealt with sore throats (from reflux + vocal overuse) I have realized something really important, and it is this:
When your throat is tight, just leave it alone. Don't try to "stretch it out." I used to try to do my own myofascial release before I'd teach yoga while my throat was bad, and I realized that this likely just made things worse. Sometimes rest is the best option.
I think any asanas that are good for digestion would be good for GERD. It stands to reason that cow and cat posture could be beneficial for GERD sufferers.
Controlled breathing exercises while sitting/kneeling upright could also be beneficial. Any form of meditation and breathing to help calm the nervous system is likely beneficial.
Just some thoughts. Thanks for reading. I look forward to what you have learned Ravi!
Post Edited (Sonus) : 1/13/2017 10:09:57 AM (GMT-7)