Photo: Morning yoga by the pool at the Annie Appleseed Project educational conference 2009 (Carol Zarycki, instructor)

Yoga May Help Those with Chronic Pain

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A small study of patients suffering from chronic pain found that just 4 weeks of yoga improved symptoms.

``Yoga may be another way for people to help themselves through life when they live with chronic pain,'' lead investigator Dr. Sonia D. Gaur of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, told Reuters Health in an interview.

However, she added, ``more studies need to be done.''

Gaur presented her preliminary findings at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting in May.

In the study, 18 men and women who had been experiencing persistent pain for more than 3 months attended 90-minute yoga sessions three times a week for 1 month. The study did not include a ``control'' group for comparison.

The type of yoga that was practiced by the volunteers, called Iyenger yoga, combines meditative breathing exercises with different yoga poses, Gaur explained.

The volunteers were asked to complete questionnaires each week, which Gaur and colleagues used to evaluate mood states, pain severity, and the amount of pain medication taken at the start of the study and throughout the 4-week period.

``All 18 of the patients either experienced some kind of improvement or stayed the same,'' Guar said. ``Nobody suffered any deterioration.''

All of the patients ``showed a decrease of significant proportion in pain medication use,'' had improved mood and decreased levels of anxiety, and they were more likely to be able to participate in home and family activities, such as household chores or recreational activities, Guar noted.

``Yoga may be able to help some people who suffer from chronic pain when all other avenues are exhausted,'' she said.

Clinical Trial for Insomnia-11/02

NCCAM sponsored study on Yoga & Insomnia

Tibetan Yoga & Sleep Quality
The Yoga Journal

LINK to studios, teachers, other resources

Spirit Voyage

LINK to music, information Yoga

Yoga Therapy: Pscyhotherapeutic Intervention (Bca)

ASCO Abstract #101

Yoga for Fatigue After Breast Ca Treatment

UCLA Jonnson Cancer Center, 6/04

Yoga Improves QoL During Rads (Breast Ca)
Deep Yoga Breathing Reduces Stress/High Blood Pressure

Source:, 1-2/01

Health and Yoga

LINK to many articles for Yoga beginners or enthusiasts


LINK to site with studies and items for sale

Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention

No Am Res Conf on Complementary & Integrative Medicine, May, 2006

Healing Yoga for People Living with Cancer  BOOK

Author Lisa Holtby


LINK to retreat offering guest stays and more

Iyengar method of Yoga & Immune Benefits

American Physiological Society meeting Washington, DC, April 2007

Exercise & yoga improves QoL women w/early-stage breast ca

Press Release, J Clin Oncology, 9/07

Int'l Assoc of Yoga Therapists

LINK: for yoga therapist worldwide

Yoga for Cancer Survivors - website

LINK:"In 2003, after cancer treatment, my body, mind and spirit had suffered greatly as did my stamina and strength. There were no yoga programs for cancer survivors in my area. Inspiration and a desire to help other survivors, lead me to become a yoga teacher".

Jean Di Carlo-Wagner, MA

Video from Yoga Bear - Abs with Roll

Yoga for Breast Cancer, Chapter 6

Cancer Patients Benefit from Yoga

ASCO meeting abstract in advance of June 2010 meeting

CAUTION for Those with Lymphedema
Yoga for People Living with Cancer

LINK: Weekly restorative yoga classes for people undergoing cancer treatment

Cheryl Fenner Brown Advanced Instructor of Therapeutic Yoga (510) 290-2641

Professional Yoga Therapy

LINK: "PYT benefits everyone, whether you are a patient, a healthy person seeking a holistic way of living healthy, or a health care professional wanting to practice holistic therapies".

Diane Sieg/Grace Yoga Retreats

LINK: "From Chaos to Calm"

"Diane Sieg is an emergency room nurse turned professional speaker, author, coach & yoga instructor. Diane’s passion is helping you find the CHAOS CURE™ for your life through her keynotes, coaching, writing & retreats".

Yoga Improves Mood ( may be GABBA - brain chemical)

Press Release J Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2010

Breast Cancer Yoga

LINK: These folks found us on Facebook and reached out. Located in Long Island, NY.

"Breast Cancer Yoga is part of a complementary holistic approach to breast health and breast cancer recovery. Breast Cancer Yoga includes specific restorative yoga poses, supportive yoga props, a blend of aromatherapy oils, healing herbal teas, medicinal massage oils, body and bath oils. All our products have been chosen for their specific healing benefits for helping women during breast cancer recovery".

Chair Yoga/Meditation for Seniors

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