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Yoga for Pain Relief

Yoga for Pain Relief
Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind and Heal Your Chronic Pain




The New Harbinger Whole-Body Healing Series

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ISBN: 9781572246898
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About the Book

It's no secret that yoga increases muscular flexibility and strength, but you may not know that yoga is a proven treatment for back pain, knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other chronic pain conditions. Yoga also helps to ease the stress, anxiety, and depression that can create and reinforce pain, making you feel more comfortable in both your mind and your body.

Written by a yoga instructor and former chronic pain sufferer, Yoga for Pain Relief is packed with gentle postures and practical strategies for ending pain. This complete mind-body tool kit for healing also includes deep relaxation practices drawn from the yogic tradition and psychological techniques for helping you make peace with your body and dissolve pain. As the ancient practice of yoga releases the hold that chronic pain has over your life, you will begin to feel more like yourself again.


Kelly McGonigal (Author)
Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is an award-winning instructor at Stanford University, where she teaches yoga, psychology, and healthy back classes. She is a leader in mind-body science and practice, and provides teacher trainings and continuing education... Read more

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Timothy McCall (Foreword by)
Foreword writer Timothy McCall, MD, is a board-certified internist, medical editor of Yoga Journal, and author of two books, Yoga as Medicine and Examining Your Doctor. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area, and presents lectures,... Read more

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“McGonigal explores the complex picture of chronic pain, recognizing the many dimensions that contribute to one’s suffering. In simple, easy-to-follow steps, she takes you on a journey, connecting your mind and body through the yoga experience. This book is very much in line with all that the American Chronic Pain Association teaches. I recommend that you relax, renew yourself, and enjoy your adventure through Yoga for Pain Relief.”
-Penney Cowan, executive director of the American Chronic Pain Association

“Kelly McGonigal’s Yoga for Pain Relief is easily one of the best books I have ever read on yoga therapy, and includes plenty of research and practical tips for dealing with pain. This book is perfect for anyone who lives with any kind of physical or emotional pain, as well as for those working with these conditions professionally, including both conventional and alternative health care providers and yoga teachers. The book has heart and soul, is both kind and informative, and recognizes the individual experience without being reductionist or prescriptive. This book will be required reading for all of the students in my yoga therapy training program.”
—Molly Lannon Kenny, MS-CCC, founder and director of The Samarya Center, an internationally recognized training institute for yoga and yoga therapy

Yoga for Pain Relief will help you to find your ease, courage, and ability to transform your chronic pain. Unlike many other pain treatments, McGonigal’s book illuminates a path free of adverse side effects that is synergistic with your present pain therapy. Yoga for Pain Relief is a jewel, and its brilliance and clarity will touch the heart of healing within.”
—Julie Good, MD, DABMA, clinical assistant professor of pediatric pain and symptom management at Stanford University

Yoga for Pain Relief is an empowering toolkit for people living with pain or illness.”
—Halle Tecco, founder and executive director of Yoga Bear, a nonprofit organization that teaches yoga to cancer patients and survivors

“In this important book, McGonigal elegantly and simply empowers us, through science and ancient practices, to compassionately transform pain and suffering into ever-present joy blossoming in our hearts. A gift for us all!”

—Nischala Joy Devi, international yoga teacher and author of The Healing Path of Yoga and The Secret Power of Yoga

“Yoga for Pain Relief is an epic book for an epic condition. McGonigal is a quintessential teacher and a brilliant author. Highly recommended for healthcare providers, yoga teachers, or anyone in pain.” —Larry Payne, Ph.D., director of the Yoga Therapy Rx Program at Loyola Marymount University and coauthor of Yoga for Dummies, Yoga Rx, and The Business of Teaching Yoga

“Whether you are in pain now or you treat those who are, Yoga for Pain Relief will broaden your view of suffering and change your life. McGonigal outlines a clear, step-by-step method, evidence-based yet ancient, to reconnect with the wisdom and joy that is your birthright—the source of wellness that is so much bigger than your pain.”
—Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, is founder of LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and author of Yoga for Depression

“In this book, McGonigal provides insightful pathways that can lead those with chronic pain toward a healthier life. Highly recommended for those suffering with chronic pain as well as healthcare practitioners and yoga teachers who work with people in pain.”
—Shoosh Lettick Crotzer, director of Mobility Limited and Enhancement, Inc., and author of Yoga for Fibromyalgia

“From a place of personal experience, McGonigal reaches out of these pages with clarity, knowledge and warmth. I was not only educated about my pain, but left hopeful that I could come to view it as a beloved teacher. This book not only provides a map for developing a yoga practice through which I can change my relationship to pain, but also empowers me to find my own way via my unique experience.”
—Elissa Cobb, director of programs at Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and author of The Forgotten Body

Yoga for Pain Relief provides accurate, easily understood principles of self-care in a user-friendly format. The book offers professionals immediate activities for clinical adaptation with the best, most up-to-date evidence. The person in pain can celebrate the artful bridging of ancient wisdom with the genius of the author in creating an easy-to-follow, personalized road map that is sure to sustain hope and allow him or her to remember joy!”
—Matthew J. Taylor, PT, Ph.D., RYT, president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and founder and owner of the Dynamic Systems Rehabilitation Clinic

“Those of us who practice yoga know that it has many benefits, like the reduction of all kinds of pain. Now we have a sourcebook that explains why yoga has this effect. McGonigal’s book presents salient research on pain and its causes and explains exactly how yoga helps. This book is a must for yoga teachers and anyone suffering pain. Highly recommended.”
—Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, yoga teacher and author of Yogabody

"McGonigal’s book introduces the healing power of the breath to our society, which is gasping for air. Crucial knowledge for true healing.”
—Max Strom, yoga teacher and creator of the DVDs Learn to Breathe and Max Strom Yoga

Yoga for Pain Relief is a readily accessible and wonderfully supportive manual for self-healing through yoga. McGonigal’s extensive knowledge of yoga is conveyed through inspirational stories and practical instructions which demonstrate the power of yoga to transform the mind and body. She has synthesized a wide variety of approaches to ‘befriending the body’—combining asana (simple movement), breathing practices, relaxation techniques, meditation, mindfulness, and journaling in very simple, doable practices. Readers will discover there are many ways to work with yoga and feel empowered and inspired to explore and define their personal path to healing.”
—Robin Rothenberg, director of Essential Yoga Therapy and The Yoga Barn and author of The Essential Low Back Program

“Yoga and meditation are techniques that have proven to be highly useful in helping people relax, reduce stress, and increase well-being. However, it is only recently that they have been applied to the treatment of chronic pain. In this timely, practical, and easy-to-read guide, a number of specific yoga and meditation strategies are presented that can be used by individuals suffering from chronic pain. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in proven remedies for managing pain better and improving quality of life.”
—Blake H. Tearnan, Ph.D., consulting and clinical psychologist and author of 10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain

“McGonigal expertly yet simply describes the mind-body connection underpinning the reason yoga is so beneficial to those in pain. She makes yoga more accessible—yes, even to those who thought they could never do it. This book is a must-read for anyone in chronic pain who wants to incorporate yoga into their pain management strategies.”
—Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, physician at St. Michael’s Hospital Pain Clinic and Sunnybrook Hospital’s Pain Management Programme, and assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Canada

“McGonigal shares her extensive knowledge and experience in helping people heal themselves with yoga in a way that is thorough and accessible to everyone. May this blessing find its way into the hands of all those who are ready to reclaim their health and vitality.”
—Desiree Rumbaugh, creator of the Yoga to the Rescue DVD series

“In this excellent and well-researched book, McGonigal provides a lucid explanation of how and why yoga philosophy and practice can transform unhelpful habits into more positive qualities that quell the suffering and stress associated with chronic pain. Yoga for Pain Relief is a light on the path for the millions of people who yearn for methods to relieve pain and live life more joyfully.”
—Philippe Goldin, Ph.D., clinical researcher at Stanford University

“McGonigal’s Yoga For Pain Relief is an outstanding contribution to the growing body of work blending the traditional techniques of hatha yoga with modern medicine. Accessible and inspiring, this book is an invaluable resource for both those dealing with chronic pain and the practitioners that work with them.”
—Sandy Blaine, yoga teacher training instructor and author of Yoga for Computer Users and Yoga For Healthy Knees

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