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Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Pain, A Loss to be Grieved

Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Pain, A Loss to be Grieved

Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Pain, A Loss to be Grieved

$39.99
Sep 08, 2021 - 19:00 (EDT)
90 minutes

Yoga and Science in Pain Care Chapter 13: Pain, A Loss to be Grieved

Grief counselling may be the most neglected aspect of pain care within modern pain management programs. We lose so much when pain persists. Given the power of grief, and that anything able to drive the hypervigilance of the individual and the nervous systems can maintain pain, understanding grief and pain is vital.

In this webinar, Antonio will discuss loss, grief and pain, their relationships and similarities and how they affect one another. Specific ideas and practices of yoga to work with loss, grief and pain through this lens will be offered.

What you will learn can be effectively applied via virtual and in-person consults.

Given that pain has a strong subjective component, by learning new ways to connect with it, and practicing new ways of addressing it, an individual can become much more suited to manage it. Empowering individuals to take matters in their own hands increases self-efficacy and is effective in turning around the often confrontational and hostile inner dialogue with pain. Thus an individual can tap into the ‘call to reconnect’ meta message that pain entails. It is often recognized that while pain is unavoidable, suffering – resulting from the mental and emotional responses to pain - is. Reducing suffering is key to both pain management and grief work and, at the same time, one of the core goals of Yoga.”

In Yoga and Science in Pain Care  - Chapter 13, Sausys expresses that “pain disrupts the balanced state of health and, at the same time, signals the need to return to it.  It can be associated to tissue damage, resulting in physical pain, or derived from the damage caused to the connective psychic matrix that ensures the integrity of the self, resulting in psychological pain. In any case, the balance of physical or psychological health we are attached to for normal functioning is ruptured or lost. Then pain, as a primary loss, elicits the appearance of several secondary losses such as loss of functionality, income, status, quality of life, self-image, body and psychological identity amongst others. Pain and grief are intimately related basic human experiences that enter into a particular feedback loop that perpetuates each other’s appearance. For that reason, it is important to understand how these two processes are related and the implications of their interconnection.

In this Webinar, Antonio will:  

  • Identify pain as a loss to be grieved
  • Explain the interconnectedness of both processes
  • Explore possible meta communications of pain
  • Expose how individual’s self-involvement through practice can enhance efficacy in pain management
  • Guide three techniques to: balance emotional reactivity to pain, cognitively reframe the experience of pain and deidentify oneself from painful experiences
  • Answer to emerging comments and questions

This webinar is apart of a larger webinar series. You can choose to register for individual sessions or you can register for the entire series at a discount. You will be presented with these two options below. NOTE: You must be signed in to Embodia in order to register. Creating an account on Embodia is free.

We look forward to seeing you soon and if you have any questions, please reach out to us at support@embodiaapp.com

Here is the description for the entire 15-part webinar series:

Are you looking for ways to better help people in pain? If you are, you’re not alone. It is estimated that over 1.5 billion people worldwide are affected by chronic pain. That’s 20.5% of the world population that is suffering and needs your help.

Join Neil Pearson, Shelly Prosko and Marlysa Sullivan, the co-editors of Yoga and Science in Pain Care, and 8 co-authors for the first-ever 15-part book club webinar series that will take place once per month over 15 months.

This book club webinar series is intended for:

  • Practitioners including yoga therapists and healthcare practitioners interested in integrating yoga with their persistent pain population to expand their approaches in clinical practice
  • Yoga teachers interested in understanding aspects of the science behind yoga and pain
  • Medical/healthcare professionals who want to better understand pain or want to integrate yoga and mind/body practices
  • Mind/body contemplative practitioners/researchers/clinicians who want to better understand the science around pain and how yoga as a mind/body practice works with people in pain
  • Yoga practitioners or integrative health consumers who want an in-depth read with practical knowledge in this field.
  • Yoga therapist programs and medical university/college programs that require online course study in pain care
  • Schools that have online mind/body programs as stand-alone modules or as part of medical programs and other mind-body institutions.
  • People suffering from pain, particularly those keen about learning some practices to help with pain self-care and who want to learn more about the value of integrating pain science and yoga

We also hope that this series will help bring together yoga therapists and health professionals. There is value in blending science and yoga therapy in pain care – for the person in pain, for the health professional, and for the yoga professional.

Learning Objectives for the Full Series:

  1. Describe the complexity of pain including the lived experience of pain and the science surrounding pain.
  2. Learn how yoga philosophy and practices can be used as an effective and evidence-informed intervention and provide a biopsychosocial-spiritual framework in pain care.
  3. Practice, experience and examine the application of yoga principles and practices in pain care that demonstrate addressing all aspects of the person in pain and the complex components of pain. Examples of case studies will be provided.

Is the Course Eligible For CEU's?

The answer is dependent on your profession and geographic location of practice. For Canadian Physiotherapists, this webinar series counts towards your learning hours and professional portfolio.

For other professions and jurisdictions, please submit the webinar and course descriptions and objectives we have provided to your professional association to review.

For Physical Therapists in the U.S., The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) Continuing Competency Team has announced that it is re-evaluating the process of CEUs or CCUs and has discontinued the aPTitude system and ProCert program that we would have used to submit for CEUs/CCUs for this course. Notification from the FSBPT can be read here. This Forum article discusses the future focus of the FSBPT continuing competency initiative.

This webinar series may qualify toward learning hours but we cannot guarantee this.

Certificate of Completion:

Following each live webinar session, you will be provided with a link where you can generate a certificate of completion (including learning hours and course information) as well as lifetime access to the recording + resources.

WARNING: Space is limited for each webinar. Make sure to reserve your seat and choose the full series to join each session. Register below! 

Important Notes:

All webinars will be recorded and made available on Embodia Academy. If you purchase the webinar bundle, you will be provided with complimentary access to all recordings and all resources provided during the live sessions. 

Questions? Reach out to us at support@embodiaapp.com

WARNING: Registration is limited and this series is in popular demand. To ensure you get a spot, please register for this webinar below. NOTE: You must be signed in to Embodia in order to register. Creating an account on Embodia is free.

The instructors
Marlysa Sullivan
MPT, C-IAYT

Marlysa is a physiotherapist and yoga therapist with over 15 years of experience working with people suffering with chronic pain conditions. She is an Assistant Professor in Yoga Therapy and Integrative Health Sciences at Maryland University of Integrative Health and holds an adjunct position at Emory University, where she teaches the integration of yoga and mindfulness into physical therapy practice in the DPT program. She is also the author of Understanding Yoga Therapy: Applied Philosophy and Science for Well-being and co-editor of Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain as well as several peer-reviewed articles.

Marlysa has been involved in the professionalization of the field of yoga therapy through the educational standards committee of IAYT, which helped to define the competencies for the field, and in characterizing the yoga therapy workforce through research. Her research interests focus on defining the framework and explanatory model for yoga therapy based on philosophical and neurophysiological perspectives.


Neil Pearson
PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, CIAYT, ERYT500

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 www.lifeisnow.ca, while www.paincareu.com is Neil’s pain care website.


Shelly Prosko
PT, CPI, C-IAYT

Shelly is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, educator and pioneer of PhysioYoga with over 20 years of experience integrating yoga into rehabilitation with a focus on helping people suffering from chronic or persistent pain, pelvic health conditions and professional burnout. She guest lectures at yoga and physiotherapy programs, presents at yoga therapy and medical conferences globally, provides mentorship to health providers, offers onsite and online continuing education courses for yoga and health professionals and is a Pain Care U Yoga Trainer. She maintains a clinical practice in Sylvan Lake, Canada and believes that cultivating meaningful connections, compassion and joy can be powerful contributors to recovery and well-being. Shelly is co-editor of the book Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain. 

Please visit www.physioyoga.ca to learn more


Antonio Sausys
MA, IGT, CMT, C-IAYT

Antonio Sausys is i a somatic psychologist and yoga therapist specializing in grief counseling and therapy.

He studied with Hugo Bilsky and Yoga masters and teachers such as Indra Devi, Ram Dass, Swami Shankaradevananda, Swami Ekananda, Babashi Singh and Swami Mairtreyananda. He has continued his professional development with training in Integrative Grief Therapy with Lyn Prashant, Foot Reflexology, Swedish Therapeutic Massage and Reiki.

Antonio presents his work both nationally and internationally at Schools and Universities and leads retreats at Ashrams, Retreat Centers and Yoga Studios., is a member of the World Yoga Council, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a TV Host for YogiViews and the founder and Executive Director of ‘Yoga for Health’ the International Yoga Therapy Conference. He is the author of ‘Yoga for Grief Relief: Simple Practices for Transforming Your Grieving Mind and Body’ (New Harbinger).

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