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This is a great workout for pain in the arms and shoulders. I am a piano tuner and this particular set of ahsanas is the best I've found! Please produce it as a therapeutic DVD! Any chance of that?

Thanks to all who contributed.


I live near Asheville NC and go to the BLack Mountain Yoga Center. The owners, Brad and Martia Rachman, are yoga therapists. I've been working with Brad on several "old injury" issues around sciatica, hip flexors, upper arm and shoulder and adrenal glands. In just a few weeks, I've had immense relief. In addition to hands on therapy, Brad has given me a set of poses to do at home specifically geared to releasing these areas. With more muscular flexibility, there is more blood flow to the areas and the nerves improve. (By the way, I have been down this road with MD's and never had improvement.)
I don't really know what yoga therapy is but it combines deep tissue release with accupressure points and probably some other things. You can email or call Brad or Martia at or 828-669-2939 to see if he can give you more information and refer you to someone in your area. I just found an International Assoc of Yoga Therapists online at
I believe there is an answer somewhere for you. Do not believe you have to live with this. Wishing you the best.

Patty Martin

Thank you so much for your input and suggestions and also sharing your own personal experiences and struggles. It sounds like you have found "a way" and I will definitely follow up with your advice!! NAMASTE!


Patty, I have two books I would recommend to you. The first is Donna Farhi's Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit. It is a beautifully illustrated book with beautiful explanations and a very gentle touch. It has transformed my yoga practice. Before I only went to classes, now I almost always practice at home, regularly. I thought I needed a video but I didn't. Farhi also has a book on breathing, which I recommend too. I have noticed very significant changes in my head/neck/shoulder area since I started paying attention to the elements of my breath that she draws attention to. It is amazing but attention to the breath ends up bringing the gentlest and most careful attention to the whole body in a way that is quite powerful. I am amazed that something so subtle can be so important. (I have chronic pain in the jaw that radiates through neck and shoulders so I can relate to your situation). Be gentle and careful and take things step by step in an exploring and curious way . . . yoga will really, really help.

Patty Martin

I am struggling with developing a home practice which a focus on overall wellness, strength and flexibility but I have chronic neck pain and shoulder pain. This has been diagnosed as "old injuries" which did not heal properly with resulting nerve pressure which is causing the pain. This is aggravated by certain postures. I try to avoid those but this seems to be a neverending circle of trying to ease the tension, increase flexibility and strengthing and intermittent fareups. I have been given permission to practice yoga by my MD with "common sense". That doesn't help much as I have the desire to progress and benefit from all the benefits of yoga in general. I am looking for a suggestions on DVDs; instructors who focus on this problem.
I did take studio classes but my schedule was not allowing consistency and a struggle to get to the class around work. I do prefer home practice but realize I need guidance in the form of video at least. I do have mild scoliosis too. I have purchased several DVDs which help to some degree but leave me questing for the focus on my specific issue. I am hoping you could guide me to practices which could help. Thank you so much for providing this avenue adn I apologize that this is so lengthy!

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