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Yoga and Movement as Education When Pain Persists (Practical)

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Yoga and Movement as Education When Pain Persists (Practical)

Yoga and Movement as Education When Pain Persists (Practical)

This course includes
1:48:39 of Course Material (View)
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Certificate of completion


Knowledge can be the foundation for change, especially when we are confronted with a difficult challenge like persisting pain that doesn’t follow previous understood rules.

Our beliefs about pain, about people in pain and pain management, can all be barriers impacting recovery.

‘Explaining pain’ through verbal, written and video processes can become a powerful skillset of yoga therapists, yet could the experiential learning of yoga be even more powerful?

This online physiotherapy course begins with a brief introductory lecture on pain education research then switches to guidance through educational yoga experiences exploring the power of embodied and kinaesthetic experiences for people living in pain.


**This session was recorded at the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY) in March of 2019

The instructors
Neil Pearson

Neil Pearson is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia. He is founding chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, the first PT to receive the Canadian Pain Society's Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award, and a previous Director with Pain BC. He has received awards from Queen’s University and the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia for his clinical work and teaching.

As a yoga therapist, Neil is certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, faculty in four yoga therapist training programs, and has trained over 2000 practitioners in the integration of pain science, pain care and yoga as therapy through his IAYT approved Pain Care Yoga certificate courses. Neil works for the Doctors of British Columbia developing and delivering Continuing Medical Education on pain management including yoga.

His recent accomplishments include lead contributor to Pain BC’s online Pain Foundations course and their Gentle Movement and Relaxation Series, and author/coeditor of the textbook, Yoga and Science in Pain Care. His patient education book, Understand Pain Live Well Again, published in 2007, has been translated to French and (written) Mandarin. His online pain care programs, First 5 Steps and Pain Care for Life are available at, while is Neil’s pain care website.

Course Material included in this course
  • MISTY 2019
  • Research and Questions Part 1
  • Research and Questions Part 2
  • Awareness, Sensation, and Visualization
  • Explanation
  • Audience Questions
  • Going Further with Yoga
  • Treatment for Specific Populations
  • Techniques
  • Conclusion
  • Feedback
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