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Pain Relief Yoga Ottawa

When I was 12 years old I was diagnosed with scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, and that it was going to get worse if I did not wear a back brace.  Surgery at that time was very risky.    I had to wear this full body all the time, for four years even while asleep.  I had to find new ways to accomplish simple everyday tasks, and do them while frequently experiencing pain.  

On my 16th birthday, my brace was removed and I was excited about the changes this freedom would bring.   Having been dependant on this brace for so long, my condition worsened and started to experience unbearable pain.  I started to use drugs to help me cope and to escape the reality of my situation.  Becoming highly addicted to pain killers.  Life got worse, not better.   This went on for 12 years until my Doctor suggested I explore an ancient healing practice, called yoga.   Yoga significantly changed my life.  I was slowly able to get off of pain medication as You helps to produce endorphins which are our own natural pain killers. I am now lead a very happy and full life.  The main techniques of yoga are breathing, relaxation, and meditation.  You start from where you are not from where you use to be or would like to be.  Then slowly but steadily you begin to build up strength, endurance and balance.   I learned that my pain was not only physical, but mental and emotional.  I have now been practicing every day for 30 years and teaching for 20 years.  Amongst many things, yoga has taught me to be patient, to be guided for within, to be less self-critical, to pay attention to my  breath in order to still the chatter in my mind.  

Are you suffering from pain?

The mind-body approach  that yoga offers, is appropriate for all chronic pain sufferers. Yoga is such an amazing positive pain coping strategy because of  increase in bodily awareness that  reduces pain through the mind-body connection. 

There is now ample evidence for the use of mind-body interventions in those with fibromyalgia , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, chronic headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome.  Is the pain your are experiencing occurring alongside burnout, spiritual uncertainties, stress, fear or depression?  Is your back pain amplified because you’re worried, for example,  about a sick parent?   Do you feel overwhelmed at work? Are you angry at someone in your life?   It is now a proven fact that our  mental state changes in the way we perceive our pain,  even if there is no damage to  our tissues. 

Pain relief Yoga’s greatest gift is its ability to activate the parasympathetic nervous system (the relaxation response) which is equated with greater pain tolerance as it:

• enhances the brain’s ability to respond and produce endorphins
• reduces inflammation
• stimulates our muscles to relax 
• reduces sensitivity to central pain pathways
• enhances mood and reduces emotional re-activity to pain.


Let us help..

Whether you are 16, 46, 86 or 106 and whether you are suffering from back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis or any other pain,   we can help you benefit greatly from customized classes.  You will learn to give yourself permission to improve and to adapt exercises to fit your needs.   Pain is enhanced and prolonged by fear of exercise.  The opposite is also true, that pain is reduced by calm observation and a sense of self-control.     Your first private session will involve a yoga assessment of your strength, flexibility, alignment and breathing patterns.  From this assessment we will create your own personalized program to deal with your specific issues.  


You will learn through attention to your breath to become detached from your pain. You will learn that you have a choice to either be reactive to the pain you are experiencing, which makes it worse, or to adjust your program so your pain decreases.    You will start to become aware that your pain is not a constant and when it is connected to existing external conditions.     After only a few practice sessions,  you will start to feel the improvement in your body and your mind.  As your body becomes more limber, you will begin to feel that you are in control of the negative effects of your pain. 

We can help break the shackles..

For 20 years we have been helping others ease their pain through pain relief Yoga, and it  is our highest desire to share what we have learned with you.  Please give yourself the opportunity to improve and reduce your pain and/or prevent it from ever occurring again. 
When Eric  was 12 years old he was diagnosed with scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine.  He wore a brace for four years, before yoga  set him free.  

He practices every day in order to maintain a normal pain-free life for himself.   Eric specializes in helping others deal with pain and discomfort from a long list of issues, including fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, arthritis, headache, anxiety and stress. He offers a wide range of services including private personal assessments and customized private and group classes.

It  is his highest desire to share what he has learned with you. Please give yourself an opportunity to arrange a 30 minute free telephone consultation by filling out the attached form.  

Eric is also the author of “Out of the Cage”  the story of his life as a child suffering with scoliosis and how he overcame it through “Healing Yoga.” Be sure to look at all our customized pain relief sections starting with Fibromyalgia.


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