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“Tired of The Pain?”

Chronic pain affects an estimated 50-75 million Americans. Feelings of hopelessness and depression are reported by many suffering from this kind of relentless pain. But did you know that present pain and suffering have their roots in past pain, trauma, stress, loss, and illness? Did you know there is a real way out of this pain? Kelly McGonigal, professor of Psychology at Stanford University and I yoga therapist explains, “For decades, scientists and doctors thought that GAIN PAIN RELIEF THROUGH YOGA

pain could be caused only by damage to the structure of the body. They looked for the source of chronic pain in bulging spinal discs, muscle injuries, and infections. More recent research, however, points to a second source of chronic pain: the very real biology of your thoughts, emotions, expectations, and memories. Most chronic pain has its roots in a physical injury or illness, but it is sustained by how that initial trauma changes not just the body but also the mind-body relationship.” McGonigal believes “The best way to unlearn chronic pain and stress responses is to give the mind and body healthier responses to practice.” One way to do this is through yoga. Yoga means “union.” It is the union of mind and body through coordinated postures using your breath and body. You may be thinking that yoga is not for you. Big studios filled with young people doing acrobatic-type postures is intimidating for most people, but there are other types of yoga that are therapeutic including restorative yoga, yin yoga, and even chair yoga. Which one is right for you?

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