Yoga for Chronic or Persistent Pain

is this weekend and this month’s module with Tianna Meriage-Reiter PT & YT and BK Bose, our Director as teachers – counting our blessings! Pain busting yoga studies so that we can do more yoga safely.

I attended Yoga for Chronic Pain given by Neil Pearson, PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, C-IAYT, ERYT500 (phew, are there enough initials of credentials for Neil?) when he was hosted by Niroga Institute last year. To go over this subject again with 2 additional highly respected teachers is such a treat and … so needed in this day and age where there’s so much controversy over the Opioid epidemic. I think we are all eager to explore the ways in which yoga can really serve to alleviate and share the techniques. Best to consult a well qualified PT or the case may be your doctor to rule out anything needing more acute or immediate attention.

Yoga Prescription is not by any means, a miracle drug but consistent and regular practice will make a difference for the better. Surely not an over night cure – in fact, maybe the pain does not go away … but suffering could. Yoga therapy as a way we learn to heal, first by knowing ourselves and then applying the Yogic Therapy techniques whether it be specific asana/poses and breath techniques, mindfulness practices … customized to bring to the forefront our body’s inner natural wisdom to fully employ the healer within.

Our Honey is suffering from …Pain! Drugged for Pain ! Immobilized in stuper, legs shaking and refusing to lie down or sit … just standing… Poor Honey I’m fixed! Gratitude for lots TLC and loads of love:)

Utthita Trikonasana

Benefits of “Triangle” pose are many … to list:

Strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles
Stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine
Stimulates the abdominal organs
Improves digestion
Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
Relieves backache – yet, consult your doctor for your own unique needs.
Therapeutic for anxiety, flat feet, infertility, neck pain, osteoporosis, and sciatica
according to Yoga Journal. Should be modified with blocks, chairs, walls according to where the student’s at.

& Better You Yoga:)
Change comes from within – Subtle Adjustment from WITHIN from the first photo.
First Trikonasana with a block – see the curve on upper rib, the neck curve – Teacher Judith observes…after placing the sand bag
Following careful verbal cures – THEN to the next photo taken within few minutes – note the subtle difference – see the cervical spine, the line with a little pelvic awareness, a sand bag for awareness … now block removed for a better alignment. Feeling the shift from within. Making space from within to find more freedom. This master teacher does not force with her hand adjustments – but observes and directs – then steps back to see the whole pose, i.e., assesses the energetics of the lines with mindful regard for human anatomy and kinesiology. Reminiscing the Invitational from last year – thank you Teacher Judith:) Same pose, totally different energy.


Here’s Teacher Judith photo found on the … where else but the internet … from awhile ago:) So so cool that she’s still teaching decades later !

Brain weight … 3lbs or 1300 gm-ish

and the HEAD weighs about 11-12 lbs on the average. Which means ? When we realize that a 3 months old baby weighs about 12 pounds, it’s a bundle of joy up there. It’s not an uncommon discomfort to carry those all familiar knots in the shoulder girdle region (which controls the most mobile joint for that full range limb, the arms) and the neck – literally we are saddled with heavy burdens on our shoulders or with TLC and erect posture with open chest, a bundle of joy. You might hear the the creaking, cracks of a stressed neck if you have a posture that does not carry the head gracefully …or have to engage in work that requires you to stoop or curve your back in such away to cause blockages of energy up the spine.
Neck grinding and cracking? What would alleviate that – shaking your head ? No, steady, gentle and well calibrated … stretching would help.
Engaging in self-study and then … act of self care, proceeding with mindful care in the process – in fact, enjoy the PROCESS not so much about the full expression of the pose.

Just going over the basics of basics in class to reclaim more freedom in that trouble spot this week – feel better.
BTW, if you are becoming an anatomy nerd, then this site might actually be FUN !