Worksite Yoga Reduces Low-Back Pain

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Aug 27, 2008

Mind-Body-Spirit News

A yoga practice in the workplace may help people with chronic low-back pain improve their symptoms, according to a small study presented at ACSM’s 55th Annual Meeting, held in Indianapolis. For the 10-week study, researchers enrolled 34 subjects, who either participated in a 30-minute worksite yoga program twice a week or were part of a nonintervention control group.

By the end of the study, the yoga participants felt more peaceful and their ability to climb stairs had significantly improved. They had also lost weight and were less fearful that physical activity would worsen their pain.



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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at