"If you thought yoga was only for the extremely fit and limber, think again.
“If you can breathe, you can do yoga,” said Kelly McGonigal, PhD, author of a new book titled Yoga for Pain Relief. McGonigal has taught yoga through Stanford University’s Health Improvement Program to people with chronic pain from back injuries, shoulder injuries, hip pain, knee replacements and carpel tunnel syndrome for almost a decade.
It’s the benefits that she’s seen in her many students, like those in the regular Tuesday afternoon “stretch and strengthening class” on the Stanford campus at the Elliot Center, that motivated her to write the book."
McGonigal has discovered the benefits of yoga for chronic pain control through personal experience.
“I’ve had headaches every day of my life since I was about 8 years old,” McGonigal said. “I still have headaches every day, but it’s nothing like it used to be. Now there’s just this awareness of pain. It doesn’t really bother me anymore.”