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happyyoga2010-07-05 05:08:22 +0000 #1
I've been doing yoga off and on over the last several years, all from various videos so i've never had a live teacher to ask questions. Anyway, I have found that whenever i'm doing any kind of forward bend or inversion of any kind that i either have to burp a lot or the food in my stomach feels like it's about to come back up. I eat 5-7 small meals a day and so i seem to always be digesting but this even happens sometimes when i do yoga first thing in the morning after not having eatin for like 10 hours since my last meal.

Is this normal and what can i do to get this to stop happening? It really makes it hard for me to hold poses such as standing forward bends for longer than a few seconds.
Hubert2010-07-05 05:11:21 +0000 #2
Depends on what you eat. Food usually stays no more that 3 hours in the stomach. Of course if there are too many kinds of food and not associable types, digestion is slower. Also your body might not like certain kind of foods, oil roasted peanuts are almost indigestible for me as an example.

It is safe to say that when doing asana, the somach should be empty.Than there is nothing to come back. But if you eat every three hours, this cannot happen. Skip one meal, do asana instead. Don't bother about feeling hungry, it will pass soon after you start practicing.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 05:34:34 +0000 #3
Just during inversions and standing forward bends?

Best to have this investigated by your health care provider of choice. It is not "normal" nor is it, based on what little you've shared, to be rushing to the ER over.

It may be an acid reflux issue of sorts and may involve the ileocecal valve: .

This sort of thing can always be handled in part via proper nutrition even though you mention that it occurs in the morning before you have eaten.
happyyoga2010-07-05 06:12:17 +0000 #4
yeah it only happens during inversions and standing forward bends. also during those poses i usually get a pretty big headrush, often to the point where i feel like i just have to get out of the pose after no more than 5 to 10 seconds. This doesn't always happen though, sometimes i can stay down for a couple minutes.

I'm not sure it's acid reflux since i dont seem to have it in general. There's something with my stomach where i can't eat or even burp unless i'm totally upright too. i just know that between the need to burp and the headrush it's really uncomfortable for me to do inversions and forward bends. maybe it's just how my body is or maybe my timing is off, i don't know

maybe i just need to keep doing yoga consistently and longer sessions. i tend to only do 15-30 minutes every other day. i'm tryin to do at least an hour every single day. i'll just have to listen to my body when it tells me to pull out of a pose until i develop more ability/capacity and hopefully these issues will go away

I eat fairly healthy. I eat instant oatmeal for breakfast, bananas, lots of water, green tea, salads, a multivitamin every day, whole wheat bread tuna sandwhiches, pasta, and beans. i also eat some processed food mostly as snacks or sides. i havent been able to pinpoint 'trouble' foods for this issue though
Nichole2010-07-05 06:53:36 +0000 #5
Are you familiar with the five prana vayus? These are the subseats for the vata dosha. I am sure that InnerAthlete will have some very good recommendations for you since you answered "yes" to his question about inversions and forward bends, so I will only add this link for now.

The Five Prana Vayus:

Best wishes,
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 06:00:34 +0000 #6
That's a good article Nichole links to above. Maybe she will tie it in to the OP for the rest of us. She may just be saying your Vata is aggravated but then what to do would be a logical question. and she may be advocating an ayurvedic resolutioin or consultation. Nichole??

Relative to the OP and the additional information in the thread one thing is for sure; healthy eating is subjective. To me if there's a digestive issue I would avoid refined sugars, wheat, and caffeine, not to mention dairy products. But I don't want to get into an entire discourse unrequested. It would not hurt to have your Ph checked. Please consider adding a bit of lemon juice to all the water that you are drinking and perhaps even consider organic foods over the ones listed, which I assume are currently not organic.

The issues that you mention may be completely separate. That is there may be one thing going on that is causing blood pressure shifts or "head rushes" and another causing the burping and indigestion in folds. It may also be an innervation issue affecting both. Thus it could be alignment and since the student is studying without the feedback of a teacher this is more likely.

I do not think it's a matter of practicing more though that is highly advised



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