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WHY YOGA COULD KEEP YOUR NIGGLES AT BAY…

It doesn’t matter whether you have had a chronic backache for decades or whether you have recently suffered an acute back injury, yoga can play a vital role in getting you back to full fitness. Yoga was once the realm of dreadlocked hippies, chanting oms while being surrounded by sweet-smelling incense sticks.

Nowadays, yoga is seen as a viable treatment for all sorts of aches, pains and physical ailments. Alongside its mental health benefits, doctors are choosing to prescribe yoga rather than painkillers to help people recover from injuries and manage pain. Take a look at how yoga could keep your niggles at bay.

Mental Health


Our mental health can have a massive impact on our physical well being. Feeling anxious and stressed can lead to physical tension which can result in more injuries and pain. This can mean a vicious cycle ensues as you are keen to recover quickly from an injury, but you are anxious about it at the same time. By dipping your toes in the yoga water, you can enjoy a new exercise that will endeavour to improve your mental well being, making you feel less worried and stressed. With yoga, you will learn all sorts of breathing exercises alongside physical postures. This can ease tension within your body and mind, resulting in fewer niggles and aches. This can be a great form of pain management rather than reaching for the pills.

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Muscle Tone


If you have suffered an acute injury at the gym, you might be more into spin classes and HIIT workouts than the slower pace of yoga. However, yoga can be used within an exercise plan to help you recover more swiftly from injury. Coupled with natural supplements, yoga can be part of an anti-inflammatory attack on your injury. Supplements like CBD can boost your immune response. So, what is CBD good for? Coupled with yoga, it can increase the anti-inflammatory response in your body, relieving your pain and enhancing muscle recovery. Yoga, strengthening your core and improving muscle tone, will enable your body to remain flexible and active without causing further damage to any injuries.

Chronic Pain

If you are suffering from a chronic niggle that has no definitive diagnosis, you can feel depressed thinking that you have to live with this ache forever. Yoga can help treat chronic injuries by not getting rid of them altogether, but by helping you manage the pain more effectively. Arthritis and fibromyalgia sufferers have credited yoga with helping them to become more active and live a more fulfilling life as their pain is reduced. This has a knock-on effect on their mood, meaning they are more optimistic and positive about their future. Improving flexibility, strengthening muscle groups and maintaining a stable mood are key facets of yoga that can keep your niggles at bay.

Being a yoga buff will require a commitment to taking classes. However, by following a beginners’ yoga plan, you can enjoy a more pain-free existence.

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ALTERNATIVE PAIN RELIEF METHODS TO TRY TODAY…

With so many advertisements for pain relief medication and so many other popular chemical based products that are said to reduce symptoms, it can be difficult to seek out some more natural alternative ways to tackle your discomfort. Feelings as though you want to avoid these over the counter medicines can be down to many different reasons, yet coverage of alternative options is far less widespread making it tough to know what other choices are available on the market today. Luckily, natural pain relief methods do exist in several forms, and many people cite these methods as having worked well for them. So, if you want to find out more about which natural options are on offer for you to try, then read on for some of the best concepts and ideas that you can make the most of today.

Include More Exercise In Your Schedule

Though tackling a workout may be one of the last things on your mind whilst suffering from any kind of muscle or joint pain, including a little more exercise in your schedule can have a dramatic effect on the way that you feel. There’s no need to hit the gym every day for a super intense session, but attempting to take part in something such as yoga or swimming can help to relieve some of your symptoms and break the cycle of recurrent pain. The pain associated with illnesses such as arthritis can be eased by stretching and working your muscles, as this can quickly improve your mobility and allow you to get up and get moving in a much faster time. Yoga is particularly helpful for many forms of pain, as not only does it focus on strength and balance training using only the weight of the participant, but it also incorporates breath control and meditation that can deal with the emotional aspect of your discomfort too.

Explore Modern Marvels Of Science

In recent years there has been an increase in research into new inventions and discoveries that might be the ideal solution for your pain related symptoms, so it’s a great idea to begin exploring the modern marvels that are being released on the market today. For example, one of the biggest industries that’s advancing at a considerable rate thanks to the success of their products in the CBD industry. Understanding these substances couldn’t be easier when you can utilise a CBD Beginners Guide that details how and why the treatments can work for you, as it’s becoming increasingly common for these oils and serums to be utilised as pain relief methods. Always consult your healthcare professional before exploring alternative methods, as it’s good to keep in touch with a specialist that can track your symptoms and ensure there are no nasty side effects from the treatment you are attempting.

With any luck, these new age and natural pain relief methods will aid you in reducing your discomfort and improving your mobility without the need for common chemical compounds.

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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP AND YOGA FOR INSOMNIA, BOOK REVIEW…

Yoga for Insomnia, 7 Steps to a better Sleep with Yoga and Meditation is a book written by Kayla Korin, a Yoga therapist and writer who has been committed to helping people with chronic health conditions to feel better with Yoga. Kayla sent me this book to read and write a review on it.

I enjoyed Kayla’s book very much. She writes in great details about feeling tired from lack of sleep as she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome when she was young. She tried everything in the book to help her sleep and then while working at an environmental health clinic, the Doctor she was working with suggested she should try a mindfulness course. The course included mindfulness and yoga and after a few months Kayla was able to sleep much better.

Even with a busy lifestyle she found yoga helped her to sleep well and decided to write this book in a step by step format so that what Kayla learnt from studying yoga, meditation and psychology could help others along the way.

There is a full chapter in all you need to know about sleep, good sleep, bad sleep, REM sleep and your heart rate. “The goal of yoga or meditation” she says, “isn’t to stay relaxed all the time, but to be able to switch between the systems if needed.”

Yoga and how it works is described well and how it can work to help you sleep. Creating a healthy sleep environment is discussed well as Kayla has travelled far and wide and understands how jet lag affects your sleep and writes about mental relaxation and darkness in your bedroom. Plus diet and creating a routine which is essential for a good nights sleep.

Kayla talks about meditation for better sleep. Mindfulness is explained very well and the goal setting is very achievable. She writes further on breathing techniques for a better sleep which is something my local pain team want to teach me.

There is a great chapter on yoga positions shown in detail with pictures to help you to try different positions to help you sleep.They are simple to do as I could manage a number of them but do check with your Doctor first before you try them out.

The final part of the book is all about building a lifestyle for a better sleep which is explained fully. I really liked this book and have it next to my bed to refer to if I’m struggling with my sleep. The book is available from Amazon.