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.

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

The Trick to Preventing Wrist Pain: Ways to Reduce Repetitive Stress

Whenever a student of mine complains of wrist pain, the first question I ask is: “Do you type a lot?” If the answer is yes, I ask them to show me how they do it. More often than not their hand position looks... Read more

Yoga for Pain Relief: Yoga Offers Effective Relief for Back Pain, Fibromyalgia, and Other Chronic Pain Issues Study Finds

Chronic pain is one of the most common afflictions impacting American adults, with 126 million of us experiencing persistent, recurring, often severe and debilitating pain every year. Standard pain care, often... Read more

The Top Reason for Wrist Pain (and 5 Other Common Causes)

One of my former yoga students works for Intel. Some time ago he developed sharp wrist pain that made it very difficult for him to type and use a computer mouse. As soon as his company got a wind of it he was... Read more

6 Yoga Poses for Achy Feet

Whether it’s a night on the town in high heels, a trail run in new running shoes or an afternoon walking the flea market in flip-flops, our feet take quite the pounding every day. A study done by Z-Tech Shoe... Read more

7 Ways Yoga Keeps Chronic Pain from Wearing You Down

I recently met with one of my students for a private yoga session to address her continued experience of chronic pain. For this student, a combination of age-related changes to her spine and musculoskeletal... Read more

Living With Chronic Pain: Pain Cure or Pain Management?

I think the subject of this post is the singularly most important yet neglected topic in chronic pain research today. When is it time to say, “All this looking at pain cure, or reducing your pain isn’t working... Read more

Yoga for Headaches: 3 Ways to Use the Foam Roller to Release Tension

Tension, or stress, headaches are by far the most common types of headaches—affecting 30 to 80 percent of adults in the U.S. while three percent (the majority of them women) suffer from chronic daily tension... Read more