We have discussed the most common types of digestive ailments. There are many others -gallstones, pancreatitis, etc. Yoga will not remove or prevent all ailments of the digestive system. For example, ifyou are suffering from a serious case of hernia, then a more direct remedy is necessary. Also, if you are in the middle of a cholera epidemic, again yoga will not assure you immunity, or be the best way to recovery. Yoga will greatly help, but it is not the panacea. Yet at the same time, we have found from experience that yoga is a definite help in preventing the onset of many widespread diseases and ailments, and in providing a remedy. Most diseases result directly or indirectly from mental and emotional conflicts and physical weakness or malfunction. Yoga is a powerful system for helping to resolve mental and emotional problems and make the body stronger and healthy. As such the body is more able to resist various types of diseases
(such as dysentery) and there is more likely to be cooperation between the mind and body instead of antipathy (as there is in the case of ulcers).
Generally speaking, we feel that yoga will be of use in one way or another. In fact, there are large numbers of people who, often as a last resort, have turned to yoga in order to remove some digestive complaint, and have been most surprised at the positive results they have received.
1 Kunjal kriya - Book I, Lesson 4, Topic 1
2 Book I, Lesson 12, Topic 2
3 Book III, Lesson 30, Topic 2
4 Supta pawanmuktasana - Book I, Lesson 3, Topic 2; utthanpadasana - Book I, Lesson 6, Topic 3;
kawa chalasana - Book I, Lesson 1, Topic 3; surya namaskara - Book I, Lesson 5, Topic 2; bhujangasana - Book I, Lesson 4, Topic 2; marjariasana - Book I, Lesson 2, Topic 4; shalabhasana - Topic 3 of this lesson Nauli: stage 1 - Book III, Lesson 28, Topic 3; stage 2 - Book III, Lesson 29, Topic 2; agnisar kriya - Book I, Lesson 6, Topic 2; moola shodhana - Book II, Lesson 14, Topic 1
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