Yoga teacher Elise Browning Miller knows backs, thanks to a scoliosis diagnosis at age 16. Her doctor prescribed stretching and swimming instead of surgery. Nine years later, Miller discovered Iyengar yoga, which became a reliable tool for managing chronic pain. She uses it to release tension in her back and restore balance to her posture -- which helped her prevent future pain. The author of Yoga: Anytime, Anywhere, and booklets on yoga for back care and scoliosis, Miller teaches classes specifically for people with back problems.
We asked her to share her secrets for practicing yoga to prevent chronic back pain.