Yoga Is Good for Your Mind and Back

[ 0 ] October 26, 2011 |

Gina Murdock

Aspen Yoga Society Director Gina Murdock not surprised that studies prove benefits of yoga, says ‘the power of yoga to heal is enormous’

It turns out yoga does more for you than calming your mind and making you more limber.

Yoga is actually better at treating chronic or recurring lower back pain and helping sufferers move about than conventional medical treatment, according to a British study conducted by researchers at the University of York and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine Tuesday. People – mostly middle-aged women – who took yoga for 12 weeks reported having more improved back function than those receiving standard care from the British National Health Service.

Gina Murdock, founder and director of the Aspen Yoga Society and an ambassador with the Yoga Activist organization Off The Mat Into The World, said such studies are just more proof that yoga can help in preventative care and pain management – as well as your overall health. Murdock has learned first-hand from her own experiences – as well as those of her students – that yoga therapy is an incredible tool to help alleviate and prevent back pain.

“The results of a study that show yoga improves function among back pain patients is absolutely no surprise to me or probably anyone with a regular yoga practice. We don’t need a study to know what is evident from our own experiences: yoga helps to alleviate pain and discomfort in the entire body, and mind, if practiced with correct alignment and sequencing,” Murdock said.

The British findings come after a U.S. study recently released found that sufferers of chronic lower back pain could get pain relief by participating in either instructor-led yoga classes or stretching classes. Both of the studies found yoga classes worked better compared to people simply trying to help themselves with a self-help book on easing back pain.

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“Our results showed that yoga can provide both short- and long-term benefits to those suffering from chronic or recurrent back pain, without any serious side effects,” said British study lead author Helen E. Tilbrook.

“Having scientific proof is important to get this message out to the Western medical community to convince the powers that be to include more preventative medicine, such as yoga therapy, into pain management and care protocols,” Murdock said. “It will not only save money in the long run, but also help to relieve suffering for millions of people. The power of yoga to heal is enormous.

“Yoga heals – not only the body, but also the mind and spirit. As one of my favorite teachers always says, ‘go do’, simple as that. Go Do Yoga.”

Murdock believes that yoga is also an essential practice as we enter what she calls “a new age of expanded consciousness.”

“Yoga is the art of acute observation. As we start to understand our bodies, from the inside out, we can learn to prevent illness and disease and maintain optimum health. The body seeks balance and will heal itself when given the opportunity. Through an alignment-based yoga practice, one can bring balance and relief from pain – physical and emotional.”

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About Gina Murdock: Gina Michele Murdock is the founder and director of the Aspen Yoga Society , a certified yoga teacher, massage therapist, world traveler and intrepid explorer, as well as a journalist, environmentalist and avid cyclist, swimmer, [...]
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