Yoga and Chronic Pain

Around the same time Dean Ornish was in Texas pursuing his theory on the reversal of heart disease, Massachusetts scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., had a zany notion of introducing the principles of yoga and mindful meditation into a stress clinic for chronic pain. In 1994 his success was featured on the PBS Bill Moyers special “Healing and the Mind.” Today, 250 hospitals around the country have implemented Jon Kabat-Zinn’s mindfulness program

“In a nationwide survey, chronic back pain sufferers found yoga to be the most successful of all approaches to backache relief.”

Source: Arthur C. Klein and Dava Sobel, authors of Backache Relief

Kabat-Zinn, who is executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, has an approach to chronic pain that emphasizes gentle yoga and mindfulness meditation. The success of the program relies on a process. The process isn’t always easy; the requirement is not that one like the process but that one simply does it.


Stress Reduction Clinic

University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Center 55 Lake Avenue N.

Worcester, MA 01604 (508) 856-2656

Mind/Body Medicine Clinic 2440 E. 5th St.

Tyler, TX 75701 (903) 592-2202

Awareness and Relaxation Training Santa Cruz Medical Clinic 2025 Soquel Ave.

Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (408) 458-5530

Stress Management Clinic The Chopra Center for Well-Being 7630 Fay Avenue La Jolla, CA 92037 (888) 424.6772

Emphasis on the body-mind-spirit connection

Association of Transpersonal Psychology P.O. Box 4437 Stanford, CA 94305 (650) 327-2066

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