Last Updated on October 19, 2021 by melissanreynolds
Can yoga cure chronic pain? This is a myth that often keeps people with chronic pain from trying yoga. And others try it with such big hopes pinned to it that they are deflated, especially if they try a class that ends up leaving them in pain.
Let’s dispel this big myth…
Yoga is not a cure for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, any illness. But it really can help.
It is my mission to share the tools of yoga for fibromyalgia with you, but it is also my mission to dispel the idea that yoga is a panacea or a cure all.
It is simply one part of my whole of life wellness plan. For other parts of my whole of life plan see these posts:
In this training I go through some of the myths, including that yoga is a cure for chronic pain.
We talk about:
- The benefits (calming the central nervous system, relaxing, helping with sleep, pain etc.)
- What “Yoga” isn’t
- What my practice looks like as a yoga teacher with fibromyalgia
- How you can do it
- It ISN’T WHAT YOU THINK – it’s not 90 minute classes or being a pretzel! I am very passionate about this point. You can do yoga on your bed.
Why do I talk about these things? Because I get so frustrated and sad when I hear that people with fibromyalgia won’t try yoga because of what they think it is. Or that it is touted as a cure all – and therefore cannot be any help at all.
Or, worst of all, when people have been put off by previous experiences of trying to cram their fibro body into a class that wasn’t made accessible for their needs. Especially if they ended up in pain for days.
How can you give yoga a go yourself?
Join the free challenge! Yoga for Fibromyalgia: Five Minutes a Day for Five Days
Or jump in with both feet and join us in the Yoga for the Chronic Life virtual studio where you will gain access to unlimited yoga designed especially for fibro bodies.
Learn more about yoga
The Central Nervous System and Yoga