Yoga for pain relief

One of my New Year's resolutions was to improve my posture through yoga.

Even though the main reason why I took it up was to improve my posture (and flexibility), it also had another benefit that I didn't really expect - it's a great stress reducer. It turns out that's not all it's capable of doing.

A recent study by York University showed that yoga boosts the stress-busting hormone, cortisol and in turn reduces the physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women with fibromyalgia.

The study's lead author, Kathryn Curtis, a PhD student in York’s Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, explains:

"Yoga promotes...that we are not our bodies, our experiences, or our pain. This is extremely useful in the management of pain."

So the next time you're suffering with a bad headache, consider reaching for the yoga mat before the ibuprofen.

What's your favourite method to reduce stress?

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  1. Oh dear my posture is awful, I just sat up straight on reading this, i'm getting a computer hump. I just don't had the patience to learn yoga but i think it's wonderful.

  2. Brisk walking or jogging.

    I went to a yoga class once and fell asleep, so I knew it wasn't for me.

  3. @Rose

    I'm also a runner and I agree it's a great stress reliever as well.

  4. Hi Melanie, I really love yoga for stress relief. Particularly, hot yoga. I try to go at least once a week. Thanks so much for finding my blog! it's so great to connect with other Toronto bloggers :)

  5. Walking is a good one when you can't get to something more formal. I've always wanted to do yoga - will definitely have to try it! Thanks for this post :)

  6. @Make Mommy Chic

    Thanks for stopping by! I haven't tried hot yoga yet...I'm afraid I'll get dizzy!

  7. @Samantha

    Walking is a great way to add in some extra activity. Let me know what you think of yoga once you give it a try!

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