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 

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 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
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
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
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
Yoga teacher teaching student with chronic pain

Teaching Yoga: Working with Chronic Pain

As a yoga teacher, it is not unusual to find yourself teaching people who are in a certain amount of pain. This can be disconcerting, especially if you are new to teaching. There is always a fear you might... Read more
Man practicing yoga for feet in Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Plantar Fasciitis: 6 Ways Yoga Can Bring Relief

The sharp and painful sensations felt at the heel of the foot are the telltale sign of plantar fasciitis. At least three million people in the U.S. alone suffer from this condition. In very simple terms,... Read more
Yoga to relax upper back and neck standing pose

Relax Your Neck and Upper Back: A Standing Sequence for Upper-Body Ease

You can do your yoga practice anywhere, but not all floor surfaces are yoga-friendly. Sometimes it is neither possible, nor desirable to lie down on the ground to do your yoga poses, but it doesn’t mean that... Read more