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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.