Yoga Heals Back Pain Quickly - "Yoga works on stretching and strengthening, and the key to long-term healing is strength," says Liz Owen, who studied with B.K.S. Iyengar, founder of the Iyengar yoga discipline. "Since the emotional effects of chronic pain are often devastating, the calming, grounding benefits of yoga can be very therapeutic." Viniyoga is an modified form of yoga that focuses on slow stretches and deep breathing and the use of several yoga accessories such as blocks. It is used in many medical institutions such as UCLA's Pediatric Pain Program which features yoga, and the Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center which offers yoga classes along with acupuncture and nutritional counseling.