Yoga is known for its numerous physical and mental health benefits, and it can also be effective in providing pain relief. Here are seven surprising benefits of yoga for pain relief:


1-Improved body awareness: Yoga by focusing on your breath promotes body awareness, and helps you tp identify areas of tension, discomfort, or pain.   When we become more attuned to our  body, we  can adjust our movements and postures to relieve pain and prevent further injury.


2- Increased flexibility and mobility:  A regular  practice of yoga can improve flexibility and mobility, which can alleviate pain caused by tight muscles and restricted movements. Gentle stretching in yoga poses helps to release tension and increase range of motion, promoting pain relief.


3- Strengthened muscles and joints: Yoga poses require strength and stability, which can help strengthen the muscles and joints. Strengthening the supporting muscles can reduce pain and provide better support to the body’s structures, such as the spine, knees, and shoulders.


4- Enhanced relaxation and stress reduction: Chronic pain is often associated with increased stress and tension. Yoga incorporates deep breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques that can activate the parasympathetic nervous system  (our bodies relaxation), reducing stress and alleviating pain.


5- Improved posture: Poor posture (scoliosis) which I have personally been dealing with my entire  life  can contribute to musculoskeletal pain, especially in the back, neck, and shoulders. Yoga helps improve posture by strengthening the core muscles, promoting proper alignment, and reducing strain on the body, leading to pain relief.


6- Increased circulation:  Yoga postures  improves blood circulation, therefore enhancing the supply  of oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues. This improvement in our  circulation  aids in reducing pain and promoting healing.


7- Mind-body connection: Yoga emphasizes on the mind-body connection  helps shift your focus away from pain. By directing your attention to the present moment and your breath, yoga can help you develop a better relationship with pain, manage it more effectively, and reduce its impact on your daily life.

It’s advisable to consult  with a qualified yoga instructor to ensure that you choose the right yoga practices that suit your specific needs and health condition.