EPISODE 60
Nutritional Supplements & Upset Stomach?

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Pam asks:

I am not getting any relief from the nausea when using the Yoga Trapeze. Any advice?

We’ve talked about this a few different times. In any inverted pose, but specifically if you’re going all the way upside down, like in an inversion sling, like we sell, called the Yoga Trapeze, it’s normal to get a little bit lightheaded or even a little bit nauseous. It happens to people in forward bends and even backbends, in yoga practice, as well. The key thing is just to keep practicing and take it really slow and don’t push yourself. Your body will acclimate pretty quickly.

Anitha asks:

My hips have always been very tight, and I feel a great deal of stress in my psoas, IT band, hip flexors and hamstrings. I think my muscles grip to maintain stability. If you have guidance on what products I should look at for purchase.

Your hips, you’re right, in that they’re very complicated. It’s a complicated joints. It’s one of the bigger joints in the body, and so there’s over a dozen different major muscles that are involved in hip range of motion. All of the muscles and connective tissues you mentioned are involved.

In terms of what you can do, in terms of products and things like that, the best thing to do is to do your stretches. If you’re using gravity yoga poses, focus on the Blaster Pose that we teach, focus on the Butterfly Pose that we teach. The pose we teach called Lightning Bolt is also very effective.

What happens with your hips is because there’s so many muscles and so many different connective tissues involved in the range of motion, any pose you do with your hip range of motion, hip flexibility, you really have to hold for a long time. And so that’s why a lot of times people will go to yoga classes for years and years and they won’t really make much progress with their hips in particular, because it’s difficult if you’re doing a lot of different poses. So you really need to target it and you need to take it very, very slow.

So with all the hip poses, the passive gravity yoga style poses we teach, you want to get up to five minute-plus holds, which can be pretty intense at first, but that’s when you’ll start to see big results. It just takes your body longer. The more muscles that are involved, the stronger the stretch reflex, that locking up feeling that you mentioned, all of that is amplified, the more muscles that are involved obviously, because it’s a factor of how many different areas are involved.

So while it can be relatively easy to start making some progress in your hamstrings, your hips just take more work. And what that means is setting aside more time and doing your stretches. So yeah, think about the Blaster Pose, think about the Butterfly Pose and Lightning Bolt Poses that we teach. Those will all be helpful for you.

In terms of products and things like that, nutritional support is always great, but there’s no magic hip-opening product, unfortunately. But our Gravity Yoga Series is great, and of course getting your nutrition sorted is very important as well.

Ken asks:

The hip of the leg that crossing comes up unless I hold it down. Should I hold it down?

Ken is talking about in Flamenco Pose. In the third part of the Flamenco Pose, you bring your leg across your body and he’s saying that his hip is coming up, should I hold it down. The answer is no. In all of the gravity yoga poses we teach, you don’t do anything. You just let your body relax completely, and that includes Flamenco Pose, which can be kind of awkward, especially that cross that you’re talking about, Ken, when your hip rolls up off the ground. But just let it be. Your shoulder will come up an your hip will come up, that’s normal. Just allow it to be that way.

Sabrina asks:

I have recently purchased YogaBody Stretch. I tried two capsules the first day and had major bloating and discomfort. Tried two capsules with food the next day and the same happened. Tried one capsule with food the next two days, and it’s still happening. Is this perhaps some specific combination?

The biggest challenge with any nutritional supplement is always your digestion, and anything from Vitamin C to Magnesium to anything can have a reaction to different people. And so the key thing is to start slowly, pay attention to your body, which sounds exactly like what you’re doing, Sabrina, and take things with food, when you can.

Again, it can be anything. B Vitamin Complexes give people horrible gas. Vitamin C is one of the biggest offenders. Magnesium can give people diarrhea, and so it depends on the person. Now in most cases, your body will get used to whatever you’re giving it, very quickly. A lot of people don’t know this, but someone who has never had coffee before, like say for example a child, if they have a double cappuccino or something, they will often get explosive gas and diarrhea, because caffeine is a very strong diuretic.

So with all of these things, our body acclimates. You just need to give it some time. So that’s what I would suggest, Sabrina, is try taking one capsule, maybe just start with one capsule per day with food and just slowly work up from there, and it’s really, really normal. Again, whatever you’re taking, sometimes it’s normal to have stomach upset. Now, different people have different reactions, of course.

And if it doesn’t work for you, there’s a very small percentage of people who just really struggle to take nutritional supplements, period, and that’s a real concern. So if that is the case, be aware of that. But I would give it some time, take it really slowly and take it with food. But most people find that within a week or so their stomach is normalized and they’re getting great results.