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Yoga and Movement as Education When Pain Persists (Practical)

Yoga and Movement as Education When Pain Persists (Practical)

Yoga and Movement as Education When Pain Persists (Practical)

This course includes
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Patient Education (View)
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Certificate of completion

Course Description

There are many myths about pain. People living with chronic pain have often internalized these myths and have been provided by health care professional a vision of brokenness regarding their body. Research indicates that these negative beliefs are associated with increased pain and disability.

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

In this course you will learn how to effectively and compassionately counter maladaptive myths and beliefs about pain through the experience of yoga and movement.

This online course begins with a brief introductory lecture on pain education research, and then switches to guidance through educational yoga experiences exploring the power of imagery, and kinaesthetic experiences for people living in pain. This course will provide you with specific strategies to use when guiding your patients living with chronic pain into movement that may be uncomfortable for them, to help de-sensitize their pain alarm systems.

**This course 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
  • Yoga and Movement as Education When Pain Persists with Neil Pearson
  • Research and Questions Part 1
  • Awareness, Sensation, and Visualization
  • Explanation
  • Audience Questions
  • Going Further with Yoga
  • Treatment for Specific Populations
  • Techniques
  • Conclusion
  • Quiz
  • Never Stop Learning: Next Steps
  • Feedback
Patient Education included in this course
  • Life is Now: Exercise Guidelines
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