NPR Reports on New Study: Yoga is Very Helpful for Back Pain

This radio segment describing yet one more study showing appropriately modified yoga practice to be very effective for back pain doesn’t surprise me in the least!

Yoga was shown to be as effective as physical therapy over a period of three months.  This is a common report by  students here as they learn to practice appropriately.  Listen to some of the lovely comments by folks and doctors who learned the benefits of practice are included in the radio interviews:

Study Finds Yoga Can Help Back Pain, But Keep It Gentle, With These Poses

I’m going to suggest a radical but very common sense way of viewing chronic pain.  It’s the body’s signal that there is a hunger for attention.  Sometimes that will be medical diagnosis and treatment but so very often it’s just the hunger to move generously and appropriately.  Movement is nourishment as long as we aren’t hurting ourselves.  As we nourish ourselves with appropriate movement we become a bit more at home in this body and we suffer less.

Practice Well!  —  Brant


Student Experience: “I began to feel less pain.”

I began yoga to get my body back in sync after an unresolved injury a few years ago.  I knew there was a mind/body/spirit component as well but experienced this more fully following my mother’s death.  I have begun to feel less pain, more mobility, and more strength.  In addition, I love the opportunity to de-stress and, wonderfully (strangely?), move through grief in a meaningful way. “

Student Notes: “I feel great after class.”

I have found the gentle yoga class I have been attending off and on for several years very helpful.  I am trying this year to add it daily at home with my husband learning the sequence and feeling better too. So I am exceedingly grateful for Brant’s knowledge and bringing into the realm of each week a focus on different areas of the body to help enliven and renew and bring awareness to these areas.  I feel great after class. Plus it’s challenging and exploring in the gentle class, plus its user friendly not too extreme and easy to follow.  Many times I feel so much better after class something about the series of poses somehow aligns your energy centers and you feel more at ease and settled inside. I truly enjoyed the classes over the years and can’t wait to attend again and keep up the practice. Thank you Brant for your classes!”

Student Comment: “. . . made a real difference in my life. . .”

I took the MBSR course from Brant in 2016.  The mindfulness and meditation techniques I learned has made a real difference in my life in staying more in the present.  I meditate regularly using the what I leaned and find that it has a calming affect and has brought added joy to my life.  His yoga classes are great way to stay flexible and are a welcome break at the end of a hectic workday.”   Brad 

Student Experience: “

I always had plans to start yoga, but didn’t get around to it until I became pregnant.  Signing up for class was on of the first things I did for my son.  I started last September.  I was worried I wouldn’t always go to class because I was tired, or because I had too much work to do, but the opposite was true.  Instead of collapsing into sleep on the couch after work, I could actually make dinner, plan lessons and talk to my husband if I went to yoga .

I resisted changing.  I was pregnant, not ill or weak.  I wanted to work and live and do yoga without modifications. But there was a being growing inside of me, altering my shape, shifting my organs, changing my chemistry.  Yoga helped me to explore and embrace, what my son and I were becoming.  There are many ways to be strong.

Breathing into different parts of my body became especially important to me as we grew.  I talked to my son and myself with my breath.  This became our labor.”  Archive Newsletter 2006.

Student Experience: “A Day at the Dragstrip”

This is a picture of me (on the left) and my friend, Deb, lining up to race. Note both our vintage dragsters have NO doors. We do some yoga stretching to limber up before the race. Yoga helps us be flexible so we can easily climb into the roll cage of the cars like kids entering a jungle gym.”  Lori

Student Story: “Yoga – A Sure Cure for that Pain in the Butt!”

It all started with injuries in a Bikram’s or hot yoga class a number of years ago. At first, my Type A personality and me were having a blast — barely able to breathe in the 100+ degree studio, sweating buckets into a stinky carpet, pushing my face to my shins against my body’s will. One day in class I seriously injured my sciatic nerve. Sitting was torturous and my beloved hiking made my legs numb.

   After rounds of doctor visits, acupuncturists, and physical therapy, I decided to try another yoga style. This time, I wandered into an Anusara Yoga class and found relief. After 6 years of kind, non-competitive yoga, and an observant comment from Brant, my sciatica only visits occasionally. 

   Since starting yoga I’ve gone from Zsa Zsa Gabor city frenzy to Eddie Albert’s Green Acres; from high stress career to becoming a mom, finding the person I’m going to grow old with, and working with a view of rolling hills and our 2 llamas. Did yoga help me get in the right frame of mind to make better decisions for myself – absolutely!

   If you’re reading this thinking you’re too hyper, driven or aerobically addicted to do yoga, you need it more than the dyed cotton-wearing, Birkenstock chanters you’re picturing. I know how you feel. That was my life. Now when I say, “I am too stressed for yoga today. I’ve got too much work to do. I can’t relax.”, that is the time I must go to class. Trust me, you need it too. You simply can’t do a Triangle Pose, laugh with your classmates, and sing a nice, long, robust “ommmmm” while worrying about quotas and closing sales. Thank heavens for that!!! —– Cindy.   Archive Newsletter, 2006

Student Thoughts: “Yoga in a very down-to-earth way . . .”

I have taken both yoga and MBSR classes at the Hillsboro Yoga studio. Brant’s teaching is sincere, direct and authentic. He is the real deal. Brant’s approach to teaching closely integrates the physical and meditation aspects of yoga in a very down to earth way that allowed me to assimilate the teachings and carry them forward.”

Bill Currey