Yoga When Pain Persists: Comparing the Power of Awareness Practices With Self-Regulation Practices (Interactive Lecture)
Benefits emerge through the practice of yoga, yet yoga therapy allows us to adapt individual aspects and techniques to best suit individual needs.
When pain persists, individuals experience unique patterns of disrupted awareness and difficulties with self-regulation.
These changes to body, breath, thoughts and emotions are linked to both autonomic and central nervous system ‘plasticity’.
This session will explore awareness and self-regulation from perspectives of the lived experience of pain and yoga therapy, considering scientific and therapeutic findings, and highlighting individual differences in separating and combining awareness and self-regulation techniques of yoga.
**This session was recorded at the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY) in March of 2019
MSc, BScPT, BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT500
Neil is the founder and director of Neil Pearson Physiotherapist Corporation, which operates as life is now. He focuses on providing the knowledge and tools for effective pain self-management, through two avenues: Pain Care Education, and Pain Care Yoga.
Neil works as a registered physiotherapist, and a certified yoga therapist in Penticton, BC, Canada. He is an educator: Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia, faculty with the BC Medical Association enhancing knowledge and clinical practice of primary care MDs, and a faculty member in five yoga therapist training programs. Near home, he is active in providing, and researching the effectiveness of group pain education within both primary and secondary pain care.
Neil is the founding Chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the first PT recipient of the Canadian Pain Society’s top honour for Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education.
Co-Founder, President of MISTY
Her passion for yoga inspired her to share yoga with a few friends in the basement of one of whom eventually lost her battle with cancer. She soon realized her love of yoga could only be surpassed by the desire to share it with others & the joy of seeing them benefit from yoga on many levels.
In 2002 just after delivering a stillborn boy Helene embarked on a 200hr YTT Certification Course. During 2003 she continued the training at same time began teaching yoga at the St. Lazare Community Center. Helene continues to teach regular yoga classes with a therapeutic approach, offers Private Yoga Therapy Sessions & mentors a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Winter of 2018 she will introduce an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training focusing on Therapeutics.
Helene is also co-founder of this international conference bringing health care professionals & yoga therapist together with the mission of integrating yoga into the Canadian health care system.