back pain

If you’re suffering from back pain, you’re not alone. Between 50 and 80 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. (1)

It’s estimated that 97 percent of cases of back pain are mechanical in nature, (2) meaning that the pain is a result of abnormal stresses placed on the spine, its supporting structure, or the muscles and connective tissues of the back. The good news is that mechanical back pain is typically caused by habitual posture and movement, and as we’ll discuss below, is preventable.

yoga for back pain

Yoga for Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain – Healing the Mid-Back Core

Is neck pain the new back pain? Neck pain is now the fourth leading cause of years lost to disability, according to a 2010 study by The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. We spend hours a day hunched... Read more
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Forward Head Posture: 8 Yoga Stretches to Help Alleviate Text Neck Pain

Most of us spend a whole lot of time on our devices. Unless we’ve made a commitment to maintaining healthy posture—including not tilting our heads forward—we can end up with the 21st-century malady, “text neck... Read more
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Pain in the Neck: 6 Yoga Poses to Nurture Your Neck and Shoulders

When I first began my yoga practice, I was still in the “no pain, no gain” mentality from my years teaching high-impact aerobics. That attitude, combined with my frustration trying to kick up into Sirsasana (... Read more

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Yoga for Back Pain and Scoliosis: Keys to Addressing Spinal Imbalances with Yoga

Do you live with back pain or scoliosis? No matter the cause of your condition, a yoga practice that meets the needs of your unique spine may help! In this article, Certified Yoga Therapist Deborah Wolk,... Read more

Book Review: Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief

Have you ever wished you could simply download decades of wisdom from your favorite yoga teacher? That you could infuse your own mind and body right now with the experience they acquired through years of... Read more

Yoga for Back Pain: Restoring Balance and Wholeness

If you have ever suffered from back pain, you know what a painful and even debilitating experience it can be. An estimated four out of five people will experience back pain at one point in their life, so not... Read more
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Yoga for Healthy Wrists: Research Confirms Yoga is Effective for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

As a neuroscience researcher, I have been involved in bench work activities for more than two decades. Routine laboratory work involves repetitive hand movements, tissue homogenization using handheld... Read more
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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