Back Pain Turns Irishman into Yoga Advocate

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Former software developer David Meade’s personal experiences with back pain have resulted in the introduction of a free online information source dedicated to spreading the word about yoga’s virtues.

Former software developer David Meade’s personal experiences with back pain have resulted in the introduction of a free online information source dedicated to spreading the word about yoga’s virtues. His site, Yoga Back Help (http://www.yogabackhelp.com), has made the Irishman an unlikely advocate for the ancient art.

“As someone who spends too much time at the computer,” Meade states, “I have found that yoga has been great for releasing tension and pain in my back—and for correcting my posture. I am, by no means, a guru. I am, however, a convert.” Meade’s appreciation for yoga has led him to assemble information and direction on the subject and to offer it, free of charge, to anyone interested.

Yoga, which has its roots in India over fifty centuries ago, is an exercise practice that attempts to create union between the mind and body. Yoga usually involves physical poses and breathing activities. Its longstanding popularity has surged again in recent years, as more people have learned to appreciate its numerous benefits and have embraced it as part of a healthy overall lifestyle.

Yoga Back Help will feature articles, tips, audio and video materials and other resources related to yoga and its ability to aid in the reduction of back pain. Meade hopes that, “users find the information valuable and will pass it along to friends, family members and others who deal with back pain and who are looking for a safe, healthy way to find relief.”

“I think David is supplying a great service,” notes Corena Golliver. Golliver, a graphics artist who has used yoga to combat pain associated with a broken back suffered in an accident, provided one of the site’s first audio interviews. “Yoga is a wonderful way to deal with back pain. I have found great relief through yoga and really appreciate David’s vision of getting that message out to others who may be suffering.”

The new site is already poised for growth. As interest and use increase, Meade plans to add a number of features to the project. “I’d like to make this a great community for everyone—from new practitioners to experts—a place where information and ideas can be easily exchanged,” he notes.

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