Yoga for Pain-Associated Endometriosis

In this qualitative study, which was conducted simultaneously with a randomized clinical trial, women engaged in a twice-a-week yoga program and then participated in a single, semi-structured interview about their levels and experience of pain. Pleasingly, all of the women reported that yoga was beneficial to control pelvic pain.

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Aug 24, 2016
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27552065

Endometriosis is a common condition estimated to affect around 2 million women in the UK. In this condition, the tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb (the endometrium) is found outside pf the womb. These pieces of tissue can be found in many different areas of the body, including the ovaries and fallopian tubes, the lining of the inside of the abdomen, and the bowel or bladder. Pain is a common symptom for sufferers.

In this qualitative study, which was conducted simultaneously with a randomized clinical trial, women engaged in a twice-a-week yoga program and then participated in a single, semi-structured interview about their levels and experience of pain. Pleasingly, all of the women reported that yoga was beneficial to control pelvic pain. They related that they were aware of the integration of body and psyche during yoga practice and that this helped in the management of pain. Women said they had identified a relationship between pain management and breathing techniques (pranayama) learned in yoga and that breathing increased their ability to be introspective, which relieved pain. The participants have developed greater self-knowledge, autonomy, and self-care and have reduced the use of pain and psychiatric medications. They created ties among themselves, suggesting that the yoga group also engendered psychosocial support.

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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