Yoga for Chronic Pain

Classes now forming for Fall 2019. Please click here for more information…

Chronic pain is a complex and persistent condition that can change our lives in many small and major ways. Yoga has been shown to effectively manage and even reverse chronic pain by helping the body and mind “unlearn” chronic stress and pain responses, replacing those responses with healthier, positive experiences and patterns.

Yoga for Chronic Pain is a specialized class focusing on the particular needs of people living with chronic pain. Classes will guide you through gentle yoga movements, breathing practices and stress reduction techniques to help you “re-embody” your body, improve pain tolerance, rebalance your nervous system, redirect your body’s energy toward repair and restoration, and support mental and emotional ease and well-being.

Benefits of Yoga for Chronic Pain:

  • Gentle, progressive, easily-modified physical movements and yoga postures to relieve muscle tightness, help correct muscle imbalances, and improve muscular strength and mobility.

  • Practices that guide you to work skillfully with the way your mind and body respond to pain to help increase pain tolerance and reduce suffering.

  • Stress reduction and positive psychology techniques to lower anxiety and soften the psychological and physical effects of pain.

  • Relaxation practices that teach the mind and body how to rest in a sense of safety and state of calm rather than chronic emergency.

  • Detailed sleep hygiene checklists and bedtime practices to support sounder sleep.

  • A safe and supportive space that offers opportunities to connect with others and also to one’s own deeper nature to help nurture self-healing and a greater sense of hope and connectedness.

  • All participants will receive a free copy of Neil Pearson’s “Understand Pain, Live Well Again” as part of the class tuition.

Classes are offered in a warm and welcoming environment and are led by Lori Wieder, C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist. All levels of physical ability are welcome and no yoga experience is necessary. Private Yoga Therapy sessions for chronic pain are also available. Please email Lori or call 814-308-8359.

"Practicing yoga has the opposite effect on the brain as does chronic pain."
-Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D., Scientific Director
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)