Practicing yoga can trigger positive changes in the brain areas that impair cognitive function and perceive pain, anxiety, and depression. Yoga can also elongate muscles, improve joint circulation and increase flexibility to help strengthen the body and prevent future injury. Other benefits recognized from consistent yoga exercise include range of motion and a noticeable reduction of painful stiffness.

Many medical and health experts are beginning to support yoga as a viable drug-free treatment option for chronic pain. With recent research supporting the effectiveness of this nonpharmacological intervention, yoga has been shown to have significant pain-relieving effects on the brain.