I’ve started focusing a lot of my attention lately on what I want to do with my yoga teacher certification and training as a health coach. One Gabby Bernstein-ism that I’ve long subscribed to is, “You make your pain your purpose.” After over ten years of gastrointestinal struggles and misdiagnoses I know now without a doubt that my gut health is DIRECTLY linked to the amount of anxiety I experience. Healthier gut = happier me.
It took me a long time to comprehend the deep connection between this “second brain” in our gut. But now I’m a total believer!
I am starting to plan a workshop combining yoga for anxiety, EFT (or tapping), breath work and digestive tips and tricks. I emailed my yoga teacher to ask if she would allow me to host the class at her studio and Cathy was really supportive and suggested I sit in on the current yoga teacher trainees’ session in April – with guest teacher Liz Owen who wrote a book a on Yoga for depression and anxiety. The timing!
Meanwhile, a really stellar article was posted on the TheDailyLove from Kris Carr, “How to Improve Your Gut Health!” I recommend you check it out, but here are a few nuggets:
1. Your second brain lives in your GUT. “The brain receives chemical messages from the gut, which can affect your mood and emotions. In fact, the vast majority of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, sleep, anxiety, depression and more) is actually made in your gut, not your brain!”
2. KEEP TAKING YOUR PROBIOTIC. Simple as that.
3. Fermented foods are your friend. “Sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, microalgae and coconut kefir are fantastic plant-based probiotic-rich foods.”
One last tip: One thing I have learned from studying Louise Hay’s book “You Can Heal Your Life” and talking with many people struggling with stomach issues is that very often the emotion at the heart of their struggle is a desire to control and therefore their body is literally struggling to let go. By accepting that we can flow with life and trust the process of an experience our body can work at maximum capacity.