Easy Does It: Gentle Yoga for Workplace Back Care

By
Kathryn Boland, R-CYT, R-DMT
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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 (amongst other causes). It’s become a frequent cause of calling in sick to work, outnumbered only by the common cold.

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