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I was in a car accident 2 years ago and have taken a couple of Pilates classes to try and help heal my body. I am wondering though if yoga would be a better choice for me and to help me overcome the whiplash I suffered? I also suffer from a stress related illness (IBS) and wonder if Yoga would help that too? I am interested in Bikram but afraid it might be too intense to begin with. Please let me know what the best route would be for me to take so I can get back to being a healthy me! - Brittany

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Dear Brittany,

I would definitely begin a yoga practice, and would certainly avoid Bikram, which can be a bit intense as you begin. I would probably recommend that you begin a practice outside of a hot room, particularly if you are looking to heal your body. So try to find a more neutral environment. If you haven’t practiced for very long, and are beginning to explore you may also benefit a lot from a more restorative practice. Pilates classes will also be great for your body, but the breath work in yoga will bring you the most benefit in handling stress or a stress-related illness – you will take great leaps!

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Yoga is certainly one of the great healing arts when done with care. Fortunately we live in a world where there are so many good practices and practitioners of the healing arts. There is a great event coming to Atlanta, GA in March. At the One Path Summit Dr. Pamela Wible is a featured speaker on the subject of patient-centered healthcare. Check out their website at

Comment by Sherry — January 24, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

I would love to do my Yoga Teaching Course, and have began my research. I just thought I would ask if you be able to suggest any training schools in Perth, WA to assist with my research?

Many thanks

Comment by Anna — March 27, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

Hey Anna,
Thanks for your question! I would highly recommend chatting with your local store about teacher training in your area. Our educators are a great resource when it comes to local community events and studios.

Have fun researching!

Comment by GEC Online — March 29, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

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