Kundalini Yoga for Neck and Back Pain

A new study, a randomised controlled trial in fact, on the effects of yoga, strength training and advice on back pain.

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Wow! A new study, a randomised controlled trial in fact, on the effects of yoga, strength training and advice on back pain :)

Research has shown that non-specific low-back pain and neck pain are one of the most common reasons for sickness absenteeism. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of an early intervention of yoga - compared with strength training or evidence-based advice - on sickness absenteeism, sickness presenteeism, back and neck pain and disability among a working population.

159 participants with predominantly (90%) chronic back and neck pain took part. After screening, the participants were randomised to kundalini yoga, strength training or evidence-based advice. Self-reported questionnaires and text messages were completed at the beginning of the study then again at 6 weeks, 6 months and 12 months.

Whilst kundalini yoga was not found to reduce sickness absenteeism more than evidence-based advice alone in this particular study, secondary analyses reveal that among those who pursue kundalini yoga at least two times a week, there is a significant reduction in sickness absenteeism.



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