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A study by York University scientists has unfolded that yoga seemingly decreases the physical and psychological effects of chronic pain in women suffering from fibromyalgia.

I have Fibromyalgia (FM); that is what brought me to yoga.  Yoga worked for me.  Chronic pain became less, muscle stiffness became less and I found I had increased energy and stamina.  However, this didn’t all happen for me overnight.  I started by taking 4 – 1 1/2 hour classes per week, plus I did yoga at home.   The improvement in my overall well-being took several months for me to realize.  Is the FM gone?  No.  Do I continue to have pain, stiffness and fatigue?  Yes.  But…the flare-ups are less frequent and when I do have increased pain, stiffness and fatigue I rely on my yoga, continued exercise (exercise as gentle as walking and swimming) and extra rest to get me through.  FM no longer controls me; I control it. 

Click on the link below to read just one of many studies regarding Yoga and FM. 

http://www.healthjockey.com/2011/08/01/yoga-accelerates-stress-relieving-hormone-and-lessens-pain-shows-study/

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