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Has yoga helped or hurt you?
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abeserra - November 7

Hello All,

My name is Amber Beserra, I am an undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University currently conducting research on the benefits of yoga in the treatment process of fibromyalgia. I am in the progress of writing a paper on the subject and would love to hear first hand from people with a clinical diagnosis of fibromyalgia who have tried practicing yoga.

If you are one of those people and have some time to answer a few open-ended questions or even just tell me whether or not you found yoga helpful I would be very grateful. All responses and personal information will be kept confidential and only your responses will be used in the paper. I am happy to use email, phone or any other means of communication you are comfortable with. After the paper is completed I will post the general finding back here as well as my own experience so everyone can see.

Please feel free to email me if you are interested or if you have any questions. My email is Amber.Beserra(at)
Thank you very much!


nikita3 - November 23

I find yoga very beneficial for Fibromyalgia. When I do yoga every day I feel much better, think more clearly, have more energy and have a lot less pain, particularly less back pain.

If I don't do yoga for a while due to time pressure etc, after 7-14 days
I get to the point where my body feels so bad without it that I end up doing it just to feel better: to increase the blood flow, to regain flexibility and to ease back pain so that I can carry on with my daily tasks. Just for info, the yoga I do is a routine of seven poses that takes about 40 minutes to complete.


abeserra - November 23

I am so glad that yoga has been so beneficial for you! I really appreciate your response.


bijya - November 4

I find that yoga is sometimes very painful to do when holding positions but overall it ends up helping.


simonne42 - November 3

Yoga is the one practice that actually got me back to work, my job was going to demote me because of the physical pain I kept having, so I went on disability for a few months and found yoga to help with flexibility and strength. It can be painful but at the end, I am so glad I did the practice, especially hatha yoga, flexibility yoga, and spinal breathing.... it is not a cure to ease pain, but I work 50 hours a week in retail and when I come home or if night shift, before I go, it just seems to ease out the pain triggered in our tender areas....hope this helps



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