Yoga for Chronic Pain 

January 21-22

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Chronic pain is an epidemic in the United States in that more adults suffer from it than the number of persons affected by heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. Chronic pain is costly in terms of the burgeoning medical expenses and lost worker productivity, but also for the personal toll it takes in the quality of life for those in pain and their families. Research has shown that yoga has a potent pain-relieving effect on the brain and that it is an effective complementary, non-pharmacological intervention for alleviating pain and improving overall health and well-being.

This program will discuss pathophysiology of pain, the difference between acute and chronic pain, how to assess the quality of pain and research that shows how yoga is effective for the pain relief. Yoga therapists are uniquely qualified to provide a holistic, multidimensional approach with clients that affect all the kośas. Yoga decreases the pain and tension felt in the body, improves the relationship with the body, alters the negative perceptions of the experience of pain in the mind and, reduces spiritual distress associated with pain by restoring purpose and providing meaning. A yoga session will include asansas, pranayama, and meditation practices that alleviate pain, decrease stress, elevate mood, and improve sleep and quality of life.

What you will learn:

  • The pathophysiology of pain and how it effects the mind, body, spirit, explain the difference between acute pain and chronic pain and recognize how acute pain may require medical attention and/or avoidance of physical activity.
  • Integrative medical treatments for pain and how yoga complements traditional approaches, and may be able to reduce the dose of or eliminate the use of pain medication.
  • The types of pain yoga therapist may encounter i.e. arthritis, angina, back pain, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, dysmenorrhea/PMS, fibromyalgia, headaches/migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, musculoskeletal pain, neurodegenerative disorders, peripheral neuropathy, sciatica, post injury, recovery after surgery.
  • Demonstrate ability to assess quality of pain using a pain assessment tool with clients.
  • Demonstrate ability to co-create effective yoga practices for clients in pain using case study i.e. flows and restorative poses with modifications/props, practices to avoid, pranayama, yoga nidra, guided imagery, healing music, and loving kindness meditation.

Who should attend:

  • Yoga Therapists
  • RYT-200
  • Health Care Professionals


Fee:  $240

Early bird discount $225 before December 21st

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