According to a study published in 2013 by the Mayo Clinic, back pain is the third most common cause of doctor visits in the United States. And according to American Family Physician, only 25 to 30 percent of people seek treatment for their back pain. So if you’re experiencing back pain, you’re not alone.

yoga for chronic pain

Chronic Pain: 4 Steps to Breathing into Discomfort

Some days when I begin my yoga practice I can feel the entire physical history of my body: here is that neck tension from staring at the computer all day yesterday, and here is that old hamstring injury from... Read more

Yoga to Develop Your Awareness: Distinguishing between Pain and Sensation

Your brain interprets your bodily sensations based on context and experience. If you feel a rumbling sensation in your stomach and it’s almost dinnertime, you interpret it as hunger, based on the time of day... Read more

Working with Chronic Pain: The Yoga vs. Yoga Therapy Perspective

There is an ongoing, often heated, debate in the yoga community about the difference between a yoga teacher and yoga therapist. Some feel that yoga by its nature is therapeutic, so any teacher should be able... Read more
Yoga for hip arthritis

VIDEO! Yoga Healthy Aging: 3 Yoga Poses for Hip Arthritis

As many of you may know from personal experience or from observing others as they age, the most common age-related problem for the hips is the development of arthritis in one or both hip joints. Before... Read more

Yoga May Be As Effective As Physical Therapy For Low Back Pain

Yoga is known to be effective for low back pain, but how does it stack up against traditional physical therapy? A new study by researchers at Boston University finds out. Read more

Got Foot Pain? Try These Yoga Practices

The feet are an incredibly complex part of the body. There are 52 bones in the feet, and each foot has approximately 33 joints, each of which can move in multiple directions. The possible number of distortions... Read more

Working with Therapeutic Yoga for Scoliosis and Back Pain - An Interview with Deborah Wolk

Deborah Wolk is the founder of Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective in New York City. Inspired by her own back issues, and her extensive yoga education with teachers like Geeta Iyengar, Genny... Read more

Yoga TLC for Your Wrists: How to Stretch, Strengthen and Protect Your Wrists

Do your wrists hurt during yoga? Or maybe you notice after a yoga class that your wrists feel strained or sore. Wrist pain is a common issue among yoga practitioners. There’s probably very little that you do... Read more
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Enhancing Body Awareness: 5 Ways to Nurture Your Neck In Your Yoga Practice

Do you ever feel pain in your neck? You’re not alone. According to the American Osteopathic Association, more than a quarter of Americans will experience neck pain at some point in their lives (1), but yoga... Read more

To Stretch or Not to Stretch? Understanding Musculoskeletal Imbalances in Yoga

Most yoga students come to class with preexisting musculoskeletal imbalances, which impact their practice in numerous ways, and may even predispose them to injuries. In this interview, yoga therapist and... Read more