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.
About the Authors:
Jim Carson, PhD, is a longtime student of Swami Muktananda. He is a former yogic monk who has taught the practices and philosophy of yoga worldwide for over thirty years. Now a clinical health psychologist and associate professor of anesthesiology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Jim is applying his expertise to the development and evaluation of yoga and meditation-based clinical treatments. He has worked extensively with patients suffering from persistent pain, including those with cancer, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. While Jim was on faculty at Duke University, he and his wife Kimberly developed the Yoga of Awareness program, and completed research trials with metastatic breast cancer patients and survivors of early-stage breast cancer. During his tenure at OHSU, a successful research trial has been completed using Yoga of Awareness for fibromyalgia. Jim and Kimberly together developed the first mindfulness program for couples, as well as the first loving-kindness meditation program for medical patients.
Kimberly Carson, MPH, E-RYT, is a health educator at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, OR, specializing in the therapeutic use of yoga and mindfulness meditation for seniors and people with medical challenges. She currently offers classes to cardiac, oncology, and chronic pain patients. Kimberly has developed and taught yoga programs being researched at Duke University Medical Center and OHSU. The Yoga of Awareness program, developed by Kimberly and her husband Jim, has been shown in research trials to significantly reduce pain and fatigue in women with metastatic breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, as well as women with fibromyalgia. For more information, please visit her website at www.mindfulyogaworks.com.
Carol Krucoff, E-RYT, is a yoga teacher at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, NC, where she specializes in therapeutic applications of yoga for people with health challenges. An award-winning health journalist, Carol served as founding editor of The Washington Post 's Health Section, and her articles have appeared in numerous national publications, including The New York Times, Yoga Journal, and Reader's Digest . She is author of several books, including Yoga Sparks and Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain, and is creator of the audio home-practice CD, Healing Moves Yoga . For more information, please visit her website at www.healingmoves.com.
Kimberly and Carol are codirectors of Yoga for Seniors, a network of yoga teachers dedicated to making yoga practices appropriate and available for older adults. They are codirectors of Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training, and cocreators of the DVD, Relax into Yoga for Seniors . For more information, please visit their website at www.yoga4seniors.com.