General Approach: Yoga for Chronic Pain

  • Objectives include relaxation, stress relief and reduction of muscle tension and postural issues.
  • Yoga techniques that have proven effective include breath practices, meditation, sound vibration, asana and more.
  • Effective strategies for designing a class for chronic pain include starting with relaxed breathing in a supported position, such as lying down; introducing movement slowly; structuring the class to include plenty of repetition and rest; and breaking down complicated classical yoga poses into simple movements and stretches.