Tag Archives: Pain

Movement is Medicine

National Public Radio (NPR) ran a story recently, “A YouTube Video Is Doctor’s Secret Weapon Against Back Pain.” For most yoga practitioners, teachers, and students, that secret was not very well kept.

Mindful movement is what yoga brings to healthcare.

Doc Mike Evans approaches medicine for the sake of wellness and he presents his insights, findings, and recommendations with simplicity and humor.

The Gentle Stretch yoga that Chris and others teach can be a very effective path to dealing with and even reducing back pain and the emotional pain that often accompanies it.

I first experienced these benefits from taking classes with Peggy Cappy and still use what I learned from her.

If you are studying/practicing yoga already, Doc Evans’s work should be more encouragement and reassurance. If you’re not, but having back pain or want to avoid it, Doc Evans has the right prescription: movement done with proper awareness and respect for your body.

Feel better. Live well.

How Yoga Changes Our Experience of Pain

To me, yoga is about mindfulness. And mindfulness is transformational.

A study reported in 2011 [PDF] by York University in Toronto, considers the effects of yoga on women who suffer from fibromyalgia.  But it’s interesting for the rest of us too.

The point I most want to share is this:

“We saw their levels of mindfulness increase – they were better able to detach from their psychological experience of pain,” Curtis says. Mindfulness is a form of active mental awareness rooted in Buddhist traditions; it is achieved by paying total attention to the present moment with a non-judgmental awareness of inner and outer experiences.

“Yoga promotes this concept – that we are not our bodies, our experiences, or our pain. This is extremely useful in the management of pain,” she says. “Moreover, our findings strongly suggest that psychological changes in turn affect our experience of physical pain.”

Many thanks to York University for sharing this information.