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Recovering from stress induced GERD

What are the symptoms of GERD aka GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease?

(Per Mayo Clinic)

  • A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), usually after eating.
  • A burniing sensation – PAIN! – at night and morning.
  • nausea and stomach cramps
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Regurgitation of food or sour liquid (acid!)
  • Sensation of a lump in your throat – a sore throat
  • Chronic cough
  • Laryngitis
  • New or worsening asthma
  • Disrupted sleep

If you read the above, you will notice how these symptoms can lead the sufferers further into the rabbit hole … the chest pain will trigger heart disease suspcions, thus EKG and related tests are recommended; Coughs and sore throat might be confused with Covid symptoms; same for asthma; difficulty swallowing means that you will be eating less and less, thus, in my case losing 25lbs at the worst time; neasea and stomach aches and pains will lead to further tests, such as colonoscopy after endoscopy.

Then, the worst of all – Disrupted Sleep – with lack of satisfying sleep, one’s mood suffers; making one vulnearble to stress, furthering the symptoms of GERD until it seems like a tenable predicament one is caught in, stuck and unable to get out of. When one is already stressed, disruptive sleep due to buring sensations in the chest region, can further aggrevate the level of anxieties and shake one’s confidence in one’s belief in her/his own body and mind.

So in the midst of all this suffering, what helps? I will share the roadmap of healing that worked for me in hopes that others suffering with the same and similar condition can gain some insights. I bring up GERD here but it can be for any kind of GI troubles we live with that these tools in my toolkit may help with – it’s been reported that the Pandemic restrictions and changes have brought on unusual rise in GI-related diseases as mentioned by the healthcare professionals. Besides, all these tools can be a preventitive measures – regrettably I did not practice – becasue well, the excuse we all have – “because I was too busy for self-care” causing much distress of late.

Suffering and misery loves company? Anyway, the good news, I think is that …

You are not alone.

By Kay T. Ananda

Yoga brings Joy!
Joy to your body, heart, soul and allows your mind to settle all the debris to the bottom of the lake, ripples gently subsides so that like that shining water, your lake in your mind is still and crystal clear. Only then, you can find your truth... when your mind clears and all distractions are gone, leaving you - stillness and clarity. Peace.
Dog is doing yoga all the time and brings you laughs!
Anger is borne out of fear; how do we find that fearless path of inner peace?
Why Bark when you can Wag to express your JOY Joy joy !!!???

帰国子女としてニューヨーク、テヘラン、カリフォルニアと転々、いずれ東京に帰る意識で日本語学校通学続きBUT大卒後シリコンバレーにとどまる。ヨガはカリフォルニア州立、バークレー大学時代、ストレス解消に効くと教わりYMCAやスポーツジムで試してみるが... ジャズサイズ、ウェイトトレーニング、エアロビックスのクラスに移転の20代、30代、産後、過労で体調を崩し大病も治癒し、久しぶりに足を踏み入れたヨガスタジオのヨガが大学時代のスローでポーズごと器械体操ごとく、つまらなーいヨガとはまったく違っていた。流れる踊りの振り付け的なヨガに魅せられる。数々の流派があることを習い、数種類のスタイルを試す。ビクラム、ホット、アイヤンガー、ヴィンヤサ、アシュタンガ・パワー、などなど。数年前サンフランシスコにて、ヨガアライアンス認定インストラクター養成を経て、インストラクター証書習得。同じ年にキッズヨガインストラクター証書ゲット。リストラテイブヨガ、インストラクター認定、陰ヨガのインターン、アシスト後、陰とヴィンヤサ、レギュラーハタクラスを教える。又プライベート、セミプライベートレッスンをクライアントのニーズの合わせ、ヨガセラピストとしてセラピー集中ヨガ提供。その為に2年間のアドバンスコースに挑みc-IAYT証書習得!ヨガ療法士としてIAYT(国際ヨガセラピスト協会)認定のヨガセラピスト、C-IAYT(Certified-IAYT) 10年以上、ベイクラブ、ヨガスタジオ、シリコンバレー社などで子育て中週4-5回レギュラーレッスンの講師を務める。3月2020にあの頃は最後とは知らずの週2教えていたスタジオにてのインパーソンヨガクラスを後に…遠方介護ニーズとコロナ禍を機に当分はパブリッククラスリードからはリタイア。
自分自身が心と体の調和で得た平穏…日常の小ちゃな事に見出す喜びをヨガ愛好者のどなたとでもと共有できたらと願うばかり。ジョイを共有し、ジョイフルライフを。もし犬に例えるのであれば、恐れや威嚇で吠える犬ではなく、シッポふりふり笑いと喜びにあふれる心持をヨガを通しシャア。恐れず誰でもできるジョイフルヨガを肝に銘じりたい。LOVE LOVE LOVE:)Shanti Shanti Shanti:)