Yoga and Colonics
by Nancy Gurney
Fatigue. Loss of memory. Inability to concentrate. Extreme exhaustion that lingers far too long after physical or mental exercise.
You’ve may have experienced the symptoms yourself, or you know someone who has them. Irritability, low self-esteem, anxiety, and above all, depression may follow. As your immune system begins to weaken, you may also manifest the symptoms of Candida, which is a common type of yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina, and it may affect skin and other mucous membranes.
I know them personally and all too well. In my 20s, with a degree in communications from Eastern Michigan University, I built a consulting business I founded up to a six-figure income. And it was all coming apart.
I had the other symptoms, as well: the enlarged lymph nodes, muscle and joint pain, and I could find no relief in sleep from either my pain or my exhaustion.
Today, I am a passionate yoga instructor in my mid-40s, and also a Certified Colon Hydrotherapist. In other words, I became a practitioner in those things that helped me and enabled me to thrive.
What is yoga and how did it help me recovered my health and energy? Yoga may be defined as “a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.”
As Americans, we know yoga as floor and stationary standing exercises performed on a mat in a gym or outside in a park. These are exercises that some find difficult to perform at first, and perhaps more difficult for men than women, but which are quickly mastered and bring a new strength, agility and grace to our daily lives.
Yoga is the perfect counterbalance for the aging athlete always as risk of injury, and for the hard-working professional enduring endless stress and often hostility in the workplace and trying not to burn out. Yoga is for the loving spouse whose growing irritability, anger and loss of concentration is making him or her more difficult to love.
And, of course, we also know yoga from the apparel now popular not only while exercising but while patronizing stores and restaurants and attending social gatherings: Yoga Pants. Supremely comfortable, formfitting and breathable, Yoga Pants impose on us one more demand most difficult to attain and sustain: weight loss.
And yes, yoga can play an important role in healthy and permanent weight loss. While not it’s original intent, we find the physical body does shape up from practicing yoga, while the mind and spirit become more peaceful and less prone to seek comfort from food as an escape from stress.
What many people do not know about yoga is the tradition of Hatha Yoga. This includes physical cleansing processes and one of the physical cleansing processes is cleansing the intestines. They call it: Shankaprakshalana. Shankaprakshalana that, according to the ancient yogi, is the most comprehensive cleansing process, cleansing all the way from the mouth to the anus. In Sanskrit, the approximately seven-meter long folded intestine is called Shankha, a conch shell. Prakshalana means to wash thoroughly.
In certain texts Shankaprakshalana is also named Varisara Dhauti. They feel as I do that when the intestines are rinsed, the residue and tensions are removed. For some, the skin becomes clean and soft and various kinds of skin allergies and eczema are relieved and can even disappear completely. The senses are sharpened to such a degree that they feel as though they were muffled.
In other words, by combining yoga and colon cleansing, you become alive once more, eager for the relationships, challenges and victories that life offers each of us.
In Ann Arbor, Michigan today, I offer you the powers of both yoga and Certified Colon Hydrotherapy. Together, they enhanced my life. Now I am dedicated to the intention of helping to improve the lives of others.
There are various formal medical diagnoses and prescribed cures to the complicated symptoms I described. Depending on your insurance, a progressive and experienced MD may treat your symptoms with weeks of high doses of Vitamin C and Cats Claw. This can induce dormancy in the root causes of your diseases, only to have them appear again when some new form of stress batters your mind and body.
A different type of MD, one I think of as less progressive, may prescribe anti-fungal cream and otherwise diagnosis you as suffering from clinical depression. You will certainly be feeling depressed, whether this is the cause or a consequence of your condition, and be lured by our “take-a-pill” culture into swallowing the doctor’s prescription for anti-depressants.
I do not doubt or challenge the sincerity of medical professionals who offer you such a path, other than to make the observation that you may find yourself on the toxic chemicals for the rest of your life.
As an alternative, I can offer you the natural paths that worked to help me: yoga and colon cleansing.
Rejecting the doctor’s anti-depressants, I intuitively felt that it must be something that I was eating or not eating. In addition, I remembered reading an article around that time about Colon Hydrotherapy. This was back in 1999 when I began attending a metaphysical church and there just so happened to be a woman giving a talk on colonics. I decided to attend and listen to the lecture. The next day, I called to make an appointment. At my first appointment I signed up for a package of six, and by the third treatment I began to feel parts of my body again, including my brain. I felt lighter, more productive, and my moods were better. I used to drink a soda daily and noticed that after that third session the taste of the soda was repelling. My taste buds were changing and what I began to notice by the sixth treatment was that these colonics were changing me in ways I found to be miraculous.
So I signed up for another six, which made 12 colonics total. I did one a week for 12 weeks and my life completely changed on many different levels. My eating habits changed naturally to where I ate better without willing myself to do so. My body just naturally wanted organic natural fruits and vegetables. I was becoming a raw vegan without effort, which was good for me at that time of my life.
As fate would have it, around that time a yoga center opened up right around the corner from my house. I decided to start yoga and meditation again. I had done it off-and-on in college, but never at a real yoga studio. Within the first few weeks of starting yoga, the studio that I was at offered Yoga Teacher Training so I decided to sign up with the intent to further heal my body and meet like-minded people. Through the Yoga Teacher Training program and through eating a 90 percent raw food diet and continuing colonic treatments for maintenance, my body and my life began to transform, without much effort.
While I have taken a few “tumbles off my path” as life would have it, I can reach into this toolbox of mine and remember to get back on the path. Whether you are seeking an enhanced lifestyle or simply want to return to what works for you, I can help.
I look forward to working with you.
Certified Yoga Instructor
Certified Colon Hydrotherapist