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 neck pain

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
yoga for text neck

Neck Pain from Texting? Yoga Can Help!

As I near the fifth decade of my life, I am becoming more and more aware of my body and its vulnerabilities. Surprisingly, I’ve begun to notice this vulnerability when texting. We’ve all been there: casually... Read more

Fight Joint Inflammation: How Natural Supplements and Yoga Practice Can Alleviate Pain

So many people who practice and teach yoga suffer from pain. The good news is that pain is optional; what it takes to get pain-free is simply a basic understanding. Which is … Western Medicine’s Approach to... Read more

Editor's Picks

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 and the 5 Kosha Model: Healing Chronic Pain on All Levels of Your Being

In our digital world technology, experts continually come up with solutions to make our everyday lives easier. However, when it comes to helping people suffering from chronic pain, modern technology doesn’t... Read more

When You Are Hurt, Where Does Pain Come From?

A few years ago my family moved from one house to another. On moving day I was carrying a big, heavy box down the stairs and missed the last step. Both the box and I came crashing down as my ankle twisted... Read more

Healthy Knees: How Yoga Can Help Prevent ACL Injuries

Rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee is a serious, common, and costly injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that about 100,000 ACL reconstructions are... Read more

Chronic Pain: How Yoga Can Help

When I first met Diane Dixon she had been living with constant hip pain for five years. Her doctor diagnosed her with fibromyalgia and recommended weight loss and a double hip replacement. She needed a walker... 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

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