Relax into Yoga for Chronic Pain
An Eight-Week Mindful Yoga Workbook for Finding Relief and Resilience
by Jim Carson, Kimberly Carson and Carol Krucoff
Pub Date 02 Jan 2020
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Based on the popular Relax into Yoga program developed at Duke University, this book will help you soothe your body and calm your mind—bringing gentle relief to the physical and mental suffering caused by chronic pain.
If you live with chronic pain, you need solutions now to help you feel better and get back to living your life. If you’re looking for an alternative to pharmaceutical pain medication, yoga is powerful practice for managing pain and building resilience. Based on the proven-effective Relax into Yoga program developed by the authors at Duke University, this safe and easy-to-use book—accessible for all levels of fitness and mobility—has everything you need to get started today.
In this workbook, you’ll find an eight-step, integrative approach drawing on both modern western medicine and the ancient wisdom of the yoga tradition. The gentle poses and practices in this book are informed by a state-of-the-art understanding of physiology, and can be safely used to help alleviate pain associated with several common health problems, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, and more.
This is not a book about getting into pretzel positions or sitting on a yoga mat for hours. This is a book about gentle, easy, and calming yoga that will help you manage your pain and improve your overall well-being.
“Relax into Yoga for Chronic Pain is the rare resource that combines insights from modern neuroscience and psychology, wisdom from long-practiced healing traditions, and tremendous compassion for the experience of living with chronic pain. I highly recommend this book and the practices in it.”
—Kelly McGonigal, PhD, author of Yoga for Pain Relief
“Einstein defined genius as making the complex simple. Relax into Yoga for Chronic Pain is genius. This book is so accessible with simple, powerful practices for the reader while still conveying the depth and complexity of our best understanding of pain. The weaving together of the information, activities, and reflection exercises offers safe, comprehensive, and appropriate support for those living with persistent pain. The book would also make an outstanding student workbook for yoga teachers and therapists to offer eight-week training programs in their community. The reader will enjoy and benefit from ‘riding the wave’ of this masterful guidebook.”
—Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT, director of SmartSafeYoga, national yoga safety expert, and author of Yoga Therapy as a Creative Response to Pain