Upcoming Dates: Feb 1-22 / April 5-26 / June 7-28 / Sept 6-27 / Nov 1-22
Living with chronic pain is frustrating and exhausting. Once-enjoyable experiences become shadowed with discomfort or impossible. The stress and anxiety of dealing with chronic pain often makes it worse, in a vicious cycle.
Doctors can do little besides offer medication and surgery, which may not work or cause new problems. The world of alternative medicine is vast and confusing, often involving expensive supplements or therapies of unknown effectiveness.
Many have found yoga and mindfulness practices to be powerful tools for reducing or resolving chronic pain, stress and anxiety. Not only are they affordable and accessible, they affirm our capacity to heal ourselves.
In this 4-week workshop, Rhoda Miriam will share a set of practices she has found helpful for working with her own chronic pain. They are also helpful for anyone (everyone?) coping with stress and anxiety in these chaotic times.
- Rebalancing muscle tension through gentle, sustained yoga poses;
- Deep nervous system relaxation through breathing techniques and guided relaxation (yoga nidra);
- Pain Reprocessing Therapy, a method for reprogramming the brain’s neural pathways through mindful attention, thereby shifting the experience of painful symptoms.
All sessions take place on Zoom and will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.
Participants may wish to schedule a one-on-one yoga therapy session with Rhoda where she can customize the practices for individual circumstances. She will offer a discounted rate for up to 30 days after the series concludes.
Cost: $95 / members save 15% / sliding scale gladly offered
A sample experience from Yoga for Managing Chronic Pain with Rhoda Miriam
Yoga for Managing Chronic Pain - An Interview with Rhoda Miriam.
My name is Betty Douglas. I’m a retired Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in geriatrics, having practiced for 30 years in a health care setting. I have participated in several of Rhoda Miriam’s 4-week series on Yoga for Managing Chronic Pain. I was initially attracted to these series for relief from pain but as I have continued with each series, I find that I’m also learning tips and techniques for managing stress and anxiety as well. As we age, chronic pain can sometimes occur and stress seems to be an unavoidable part of life. Although we cannot always control pain or stress in our lives, we can develop insight into how these impact us personally and how we respond to them. The insights and practices provided in these series have helped me to develop skills to better manage my pain, stress and anxiety, to feel more comfortable and to function more easily in my daily life.
Rhoda has extensive training, knowledge and expertise that she easily shares in her lectures, yoga practice and especially during discussion sections. I have found that, as I take each series, there is some helpful review of previous material but always something new is introduced. Rhoda shares techniques that can easily be incorporated into everyday life and utilized throughout the day. I have developed insights into my own response to pain and stress and I have learned simple, helpful relaxation and breathing techniques, movements and postures that help me to better manage my response and find relief. For this I am very grateful!Betty Douglas, Chicago
Rhoda’s Yoga for Chronic Pain, Stress and Anxiety series is one of the most meaningful experiences I am having. It is a wonderful feeling after 20 years of practicing with her to feel so comfortable in her expertise and understanding. So much of the content in these sessions is new to me. The more familiar I become with it, both in class and on recordings, the better I feel and more curious for more. Sharing feelings and learning through others in class is so comforting and I look forward to Rhoda’s caring ways.Penny Spencer, Retired Early Childhood Teacher