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Yoga Unravels Pain

The following is based on a community-interest talk that was themed around cancer. I gave this talk at yoga therapy conference SYTAR in Reston, VA (June 2018). Pain is something we have all experienced at some point in our lives, but unless you’ve studied it, you might not realize how intricate it is. The biopsychosocial model of pain is a more holistic view of pain than we’ve had in the past, and I like to think of it as having a committee in my brain, made up of members who represent my current state of biology, psychology and social support; when my sensory input (or alarm) is raised, the committee votes on whether or not the sensationisactually pain and if it is, what levelof pain I feel

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