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Anyone who is suffering from chronic pain is already saying, “What is this idiot talking about?” Having suffered my own fair share of severe pain, I must say I would gladly have murdered that “friend” and buried it at the bottom of the garden. In this article, we will focus on acute pain, the type of pain that may arise during your practice, or within the subsequent day or so. We will explore the common situations that may give rise to pain, and the course of action you should follow.

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Stone Henge: Back Pain Relief

Savasana (Relaxation Pose) is a welcome respite, the well-deserved dessert after your asana practice. It’s a time of rest and integration, the time when you get to lie still and absorb the benefits of your... Read more
Woman practicing yoga wrist stretch.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Yoga Sequence to Soothe Sore Wrists

There might not be any body parts that we consciously use more than the hands, wrists, and arms. That can make Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)—to put it bluntly—a real drag. In short, CTS causes pain, numbness,... Read more
Man practicing yoga forward bend - janu sirsasana.

Chronic Pain Relief: How Your Brain Processes Pain and How Yoga and Movement Can Help

When you sense and feel your body, you are better able to take care of yourself. It sounds simple, right? We are more likely to recognize if we feel hungry, thirsty, need to go to the bathroom, or need to rest... Read more
Woman practicing yoga Seated Forward Bend Pose (Paschimottanasana)

Low Back Love: How’s Your Lumbopelvic Rhythm?

Lumbopelvic rhythm sounds like something you need for dancing. It sort of makes me think of Elvis. While we’re not exactly talking about the pelvic gyrations of Elvis, your low back and pelvis do have some... Read more
Man performing easy yoga back stretch in workplace

Easy Does It: Gentle Yoga for Workplace Back Care

Back pain. I hear about it all the time as a yoga instructor and as a person out there in the world. Back pain can be diffuse or sharp, in the upper or lower spine, related to sciatica or tight shoulders (... Read more
Yoga student practicing ardha matsyendrasana seated spinal twist.

Hip, Back and Knee Pain? Try These 3 Yoga Stretches for Your Glutes

Back pain? Knee pain? Hip pain? Did you know all of these can occur from tight glutes? Tightness in the glutes often causes pain in the knee, hip or back by slightly altering the position of the leg, causing... Read more
Woman practicing yoga for pain care Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

Book Review: Yoga and Science in Pain Care

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 20 percent of American adults are living with chronic pain, defined as experiencing pain most or every day for a minimum of six months. While the... Read more
woman stretching her neck

Upper Trapezius Love: Self-Care for That Cranky, Hard-to-Reach Spot

In our tech-ready, chair-heavy modern world, the neck and upper back are a tension dumping ground for the majority of people. However, one of the most common areas of complaint lives directly under the... Read more
Man practicing yoga pose in a chair

Desk Chair Blues: Try These Physiyoga Posture Pointers

Feeling like you are glued to your chair in a slumpy mess of posture? Here are some very simple physiyoga rules to gently abide to get you feeling straight once and for all: When you are in a chair, sit back,... Read more
Yoga woman chest shoulders Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

Chest and Shoulder Relief: Yoga for Your “Computer Body”

Do you ever find yourself hunched over your keyboard, shoulders up around your ears and a dull ache taking hold in your upper back? Yeah, me too. That’s why this simple chest opening is one of my favorite five... Read more