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Yoga for Pain is for people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue or other persistent pain challenges who would like to learn to move more effortlessly. Friday April 17 11 - 1.30pm Workshop 1: effortless movement and working with your body Saturday May 2 11 - 1.30pm Workshop 2: perception of self through...

I was invited to speak at King Edward Memorial Hospital about how yoga can help women with pelvic pain. While there are demonstrated physiological benefits to yoga, such as reducing cortisol, enhancing internal body awareness and improving digestion, I’d like to write about some of the educative components Finding Yoga would consider in the design of a specific pelvic pain program. 1. Absence of pain does not guarantee wellness When asked to name their clients’ biggest challenges, practitioners at KEMH listed everyday living, having fulfilling roles, finding pleasure and acceptance.  You'll note that none are specifically about the physiological sensation of pain. They all relate to mental concepts of the experience of pain.

I’ve been asked several times this week about the best kind of yoga specifically for persistent back pain. The short answer is - it depends. We'd need to find out a bit more about you before we confidently recommend something. If someone asked "What kind of foods should I eat for my tummy pain?" you would probably ask a few questions to understand the problem. Do they know what the cause is? How long has the tummy pain been there? What have they already tried? It's the same with yoga. Briefly, yoga helps people with persistent pain by calming the nervous system through breathing techniques and mindful concentration. This signals to your brain that things are OK, which allows you to be more comfortable with movement.  Presuming you have ruled out anything you're worried about, the kind of yoga to do depends on a number of factors.

Beginners yoga class too muchYou may have heard that yoga is good for persistent pain. An appropriate class can help with your pain care by teaching you to relax, to participate comfortably in exercise, and develop body awareness. But many people with chronic pain find even beginners classes are too much for them.  They say they to feel frustrated when they can't keep up with others in the class.  Here are some guidelines for approaching your first yoga class when you experience chronic pain.