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The Link Between Pain and Emotions

Is pain a sensation or an emotion? According to the International Association for Pain, the definition of pain is “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience.” While this may seem like a new concept in the medical realm, yoga science has known this for a very long time. In Sanskrit, the word for pain and sorrow is the same, dukha. Tune in to this short talk and learn how a better understanding of the brain’s innate ability to connect pain on the physical level to pain on the emotional level is the key to more effectively empower the healing process

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 11 mins

Further Reading

The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

The Secret of the Yoga Sutra is the first practitioner-oriented commentary of the Yoga Sutra which is fully grounded in a living tradition. It shares the essence of Pandit Tigunait’s rigorous scholarly understanding of the Yoga Sutra, through the filter of experiential knowledge gained through decades of advanced yogic practices, and enriched by the gift of living wisdom he received from the masters of the Himalayan Tradition.

About the Teacher

Theresa Oswald, MD

Theresa Oswald, MD, the founder and president of Knowledge as Medicine (KnowledgeAsMedicine.com), is a holistic physician with 25 years of experience who specializes in an integrative approach to pain and rehabilitation. After receiving her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, she completed her residency training at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Northwestern University. She is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as in integrative medicine. Her career as a physiatrist has been spent honing ways to optimize her patients’ functioning in all areas of health: body, mind, and spirit. Her experience includes the delivery of medicine in the most modern hospital settings as well as in the most simple, rural settings in developing countries.

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