How Mindful People Feel Less Pain Than Others

How Mindful People Feel Less Pain Than Others

How Mindful People Feel Less Pain Than Others

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to feel less pain than others?

You could find the answer you seek practicing yoga…The benefits that mindfulness brings to your body and your mind are well known: reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory and other cognitive functions. But that’s not all! New studyconducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine is adding another advantage to this list: mindful people actually feel less pain than others do. Research show that people with higher dispositional mindfulness during painful experience showed greater deactivation in a brain region called the posterior cingulate cortex, a central neural node of the default mode network.

«Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment – said lead author Fadel Zeidan – We now know that some people are more mindful than others, and those people seemingly feel less pain».

During the study, published in the monthly peer-reviewed medical journal PAIN, were analysed nearly 100 healthy volunteers to determine if dispositional mindfulness – an individual’s innate or natural level of mindfulness – was associated with lower pain sensitivity and to identify what brain mechanisms were involved.

The brain plays a big part in how you manage the pain. When pain goes on, changes occur to the nervous system which result in it becoming hypersensitive and high-strung. When something hurts you can take a rest, but is not always the right way to get better. Resting an hurt body part may be a good idea at times, but when you move less you could increase pain. The key is to find activities that challenge the pain system.


Yoga focuses on gentle moves that send positive messages to the brain about movement. Practicing yoga also helps people learn to listen to their bodies and understand the source of their pain. Through yoga, you can find the best way to communicate with your own body! Some good exercises that you can try are: take a breath into pain sources, learn to relax muscles around pain sources and meditate reducing stress and anxiety. Practicing yoga commonly can let up on muscular tension or pain by improving range of motion and increasing muscle strength.

Pain tolerance is something that is built up over time, through experience and rises and falls. Your body is influenced by the physical and emotional challenges that the world offers you and – therefore – tolerance to pain also depends on what happens in the rest of your life. As you become more comfortable with pain and more attuned to your own tolerance, you’ll gain insights into your behavior and state of mind.

The more you’re able to accept and deal with painful experiences, the more opportunities you’ll have to enjoying life, break down your limits and open yourself up to new chances.

Keep going, yogi!