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Is Yoga Good For Back Pain?

General Yoga No Longer Recommended by NICE I learnt recently that NICE (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) is no longer advising that doctors should recommend yoga to people with back pain. This is very disappointing for those of us in the yoga therapy world who frequently see students alleviate their back pain, through their …

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Attending to the Messages of Pain: Part 3 – Pain of the Soul

In last week’s article, we looked at pain and the brain, and how we can calm and rebalance our thinking mind with our wisdom layer (vijyanamayakosha) and our intellect (buddhi). As discussed, yoga views the physical, mental and spiritual parts of being (panchamayakosha) as interwoven – they all affect each other. Having less stress and agitation within …

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Attending to the Messages of Pain: Part 2 – Pain and the Brain

Pain and the Brain Last week, we looked at what we can do to nourish and soothe our physical body (annamayakosha) to help relieve or reduce pain. This week, we’ll explore how the manomayakosha (mental body) and the vijynanamayakosha (wisdom body) contribute to us experiencing physical pain. Next week, I’m planning to look at how …

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Attending to the Messages of Pain: Part 1 Pain in the Body

Photo by: Kindel Media at Pexels Pain in the Body – Pain in the Mind I could write volumes on pain. It is a mysterious and multilayered subject. The reason being is that pain is not only the product of the body but the mind also. In fact, (as many people are starting to recognise) …

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Creating World Peace is an Inside Job

What Catches Your Attention? Last week, I introduced the yogic concept of illusion, the drama that unfolds within our inner and outer worlds. This week, I’d love to explore in a little more detail, how our attention interacts with these illusory worlds. And how we can gain a sense of agency and freedom from these …

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