You 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.
The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability offers comprehensive webinars on chronic pain management. In this session, Dr Ingrid Federoff explains that pain isn't all in your head, but that psychological factors do affect the likelihood of your recovery so are worth paying attention to.
Here are eight of Dr Federoff's key points to help you in your own care and when working with others: