Stretching the boundaries of yoga
The practice, associated mostly with the health-conscious affluent, may offer low-cost treatment for back pain and other ailments
A yoga class held at Boston Medical Center lobby features postures for people with back pain. It was a prototype for an ongoing study exploring the use of yoga in the city’s poorer neighborhoods. “You have yoga studios on every corner in Wellesley,’’ says Dr. Robert B. Saper, director of integrative medicine at BMC. “That’s not the case in Roxbury.’’ Studies have shown that yoga can ease and low-back pain. But until now, all been done on predominantly white, educated, affluent populations, Saper says.