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If chronic neck pain is putting a damper on your workouts, not to mention your quality of life, you might want to consider supplementing your training with yoga. A recent study conducted in Germany and Austria and published in The Journal of Pain analyzed more than 50 neck pain sufferers. Researchers had roughly half of them participate in a regular yoga regimen, while the other half did a more generic “self-care exercise” program. After 10 weeks, the yoga group reported significantly less neck pain than the non-yoga group, which the scientists believe was a result of decreased muscle tension and enhanced relaxation as a result of the yoga classes. The study focused on Iyengar yoga in particular, which has been shown in other settings to be effective at pain relief. For an easy at-home yoga workout, see Page 34.