Ask the Expert: How Does Yoga Build Pain Tolerance?

Your yoga session might make you capable of withstanding more. Learn how yoga works on the brain to increase pain tolerance.
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Your yoga session might make you capable of withstanding more. Learn how yoga works on the brain to increase pain tolerance.
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Short Answer: The Brain

Yogis have more grey matter in multiple brain regions than those who don’t practice yoga, including areas associated with pain tolerance. The longer your yoga sessions, the greater the benefit, according to new research presented at the American Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Palm Springs, California.

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