Archive for August, 2011

It’s Official: Yoga Reduces Chronic Pain

I thought I was on the right track, because frankly, without doing yoga each week, my mobility and quality of life would be drastically reduced. On the days I do yoga, I notice a big difference in how I feel physically and mentally. So it doesn’t surprise me to see research confirming that yoga reduces chronic pain.

A new study done in Canada says that patients reported significant reductions in their pain levels, as well as a mental boost from practicing yoga. The title of the study tells the story:

An eight-week yoga intervention is associated with improvements in pain, psychological functioning and mindfulness, and changes in cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia

My favorite two poses for back pain are demonstrated below.

Triangle Pose for Shoulder Blades and Lower Back Pain

Cat-Cow for Neck, Shoulders and Lower Back Tightness

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