Yoga for Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind & Heal Your Chronic Pain (Paperback)

Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind & Heal Your Chronic Pain

By Kelly McGonigal

New Harbinger Publications, 9781572246898, 182pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2009



It's no secret that yoga increases muscular flexibility and strength, but you may not know that yoga is a proven treatment for back pain, knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other chronic pain conditions. Yoga also helps to ease the stress, anxiety, and depression that can create and reinforce pain, making you feel more comfortable in both your mind and your body.

Written by a yoga instructor and former chronic pain sufferer, Yoga for Pain Relief is packed with gentle postures and practical strategies for ending pain. This complete mind-body tool kit for healing also includes deep relaxation practices drawn from the yogic tradition and psychological techniques for helping you make peace with your body and dissolve pain. As the ancient practice of yoga releases the hold that chronic pain has over your life, you will begin to feel more like yourself again.

About the Author

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is an award-winning instructor at Stanford University, where she teaches yoga, psychology, and healthy back classes. She is a leader in mind-body science and practice, and provides teacher trainings and continuing education for yoga, fitness, and health care professionals. McGonigal is editor-in-chief of the "International Journal of Yoga Therapy "and a frequent writer for publications such as "Yoga Journal "and "IDEA Fitness Journal." Visit her online at writer Timothy McCall, MD, is a board-certified internist, medical editor of Yoga Journal, and author of two books, "Yoga as Medicine" and "Examining Your Doctor." He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area, and presents lectures, seminars, and yoga workshops internationally.