benefits of yoga and mindfulness to help people manage and reduce pain without the use of drugs

Pain is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage” and serves as the body’s inherent protective mechanism to: 

  1. Motivate the individual to pull out from a damaging situation and prevent further damage to the tissue 

  2. Allow the damaged tissue to rest and begin the healing process.

  3. Avoid similar encounters 

Male yoga student practicing balasana childs pose

Balance Your SI Joint: 3 Yoga Practice Tips

The current evolution of yoga practice, outside of evidence-based yoga therapy practices, is heavily weighted toward Vinyasa or Flow Yoga. While a talented teacher can create a flow sequence that provides a... Read more
Woman practicing restorative yoga stonehenge.

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
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
Yoga teacher Donna Farhi teaching yoga class for sacroiliac joint problems

Nagging Low Back Pain? It Could Be Your Sacroiliac Joint – Donna Farhi on Common Practice Issues in Yoga

Do you struggle with nagging low back pain, which just doesn’t go away despite of years of yoga practice? It could be a problem with your sacroiliac joint, and your yoga practice might be the cause, says... Read more
Woman practicing yoga quadriceps Low Lunge Pose (Anjaneyasana)

How Your Quadriceps Can Cause Pain: 3 Yoga Poses That Can Help

The quadriceps muscle group is a group of four muscles on the front side of the legs. These include the vastus lateralis, the vastus medialis, the vastus intermedius, and the rectus femoris. The name “... Read more
Older man practicing yoga in Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Yoga and Scoliosis: Asana Recommendations and the Latest Research

Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, an estimated two to three percent of the population, six to nine million people, are... Read more
Woman practicing yoga Cat (Marjaiasana) and Cow Pose (Bitilasana)

A Chair Yoga Sequence for Arthritis: Increase Mobility and Decrease Pain

Creaky joints, stiffness, pain, difficulty doing the most mundane of tasks, never mind those that are physically challenging and exhilarating. These experiences characterize arthritis, “a broad range of over... Read more
Woman practicing yoga for flat feet Garland Pose (Malasana)

Flat Feet: Can Yoga Help?

A year ago, a woman I’ll call Maria sent me an email asking if I could suggest a suitable Ayurvedic intervention program to correct her flat feet. Maria mentioned that she had been suffering from painful feet... Read more
Woman practicing yoga for jaw discomfort Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Got Jaw Pain? 3 Yoga Strategies for Alleviating TMJ Discomfort

Millions of Americans suffer from pain caused by TMJ. TMJ is characterized by dysfunction in and around the temporomandibular joints, the joints where the mandibles (jawbones) meet the temporal bones of the... Read more