Although I was never officially diagnosed as having irritable bowel or ulcerative colitis for years I had terrible gas, bloating, alternating diarrhea and constipation. I had what the doctors called urgency too, meaning when I had to go, it was immediate. I lived in panic I wouldn't make it in time. At my very worst, I had explosions of blood and mucous that were so frightening I thought I was dying.
I knew a large part of my problem was what I call swallowing emotion. I held my emotions in and they wreaking havoc on my digestion. I knew on my path to healing, I had to get my emotions to surface. I had an instructor tell me that if I did Bikram yoga every day for 60 days my emotions would surface whether I wanted to see them or not. I did and they (my emotions) did surface. It was the start of six months or so of emotional release. It was a difficult process but it was one of many on the path to improving my digestion and healing myself.