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Yoga’s Position Within The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines

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Yoga’s Position Within The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines

Yoga’s Position Within The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines

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This course was recorded in May 2022


Join Swami Lisa, Neil Pearson and Kristine Kaoverii Weber for a discussion of the CDC’s responses to the growing multifaceted crisis, that has proven to be much more than a medication problem.

Kristine is author of a response to the CDC from IAYT, and has written a wonderful related blog, including this statement, “Yes, opioids are an important piece of the pain puzzle – but with a growing body of research around mind-body modalities like yoga, it’s essential that the health care system pivot to include more sustainable, less risky, more person centered, less life-threatening solutions to pain.”

Kristine has agreed to field questions about this report and her work in comprehensive integrative pain management.

As always, we will ask questions from a yogic perspective, Swami Lisa has questions from the lived experience of pain and Neil from the physiotherapy and interdisciplinary pain care perspectives.


Learning Objectives:

  1.  Gain an overview of the 12 recommendations
  2.  Recognize the references to yoga within the document
  3.  Discuss gaps in the document and contrasting views of pain management from yoga perspectives


Course Details:



This online course is open to all yoga therapists and healthcare professionals including but not limited to physiotherapists (physical therapists), occupational therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists.

The instructors
Neil Pearson

Neil is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, author, researcher, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, faculty in three IAYT-accredited yoga therapy programs, board member for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and pain care advocate. He conducts research into the effects of yoga on veterans with chronic pain and people with osteoarthritis. Neil is the recipient of awards honouring his work in pain care, patient education and physiotherapy by Queen’s University, the Canadian Pain Society and both provincial and national physiotherapy associations, including the Canadian 2021 Medal of Distinction.

Neil is a consultant to Partners in Canadian Veterans Rehabilitation Services, and to Lifemark’s 300+ clinics in Canada. Neil is a past board member for Pain BC, Canada’s premier non-profit transforming the way pain is understood and treated. He co-authored – Yoga and Science in Pain Care 2019, authored the patient education ebook, Understand Pain Live Well Again in 2008, and is lead contributor to many free patient resources offer by Pain BC.

For more information and course offerings, see

Kristine Kaoverii Weber

Kristine Kaoverii Weber, MA, c-IAYT, eRYT500, YACEP has been studying yoga and holistic healing for more than 30 years, teaching since 1995, and training yoga teachers since 2003. She is a certified yoga therapist, the director of the Subtle® Yoga Teacher Training for Behavioral Health Professionals program at MAHEC in Asheville, NC, and a board member of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium.

Kristine specializes in yoga for mental health. Find out more at

Course Material included in this course
  • Yoga’s Position Within The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines
  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • The USA CDC Opioid Guidelines
  • A History in Treating Pain
  • Yoga's Position in Treating Pain
  • Yoga and Chronic Pain
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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