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Yoga and Movement as Education When Pain Persists

Yoga and Movement as Education When Pain Persists

Yoga and Movement as Education When Pain Persists

This course includes
1:48:39 of Course Material (View)
Patient Education (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in March 2019


There are many myths about pain.

People living with chronic pain have often internalized these myths which have been provided by healthcare professionals including 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 skill set of yoga therapists and health care professionals, yet could the experiential learning of yoga and movement be even more powerful?

In this practical online 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.


Short Video Introduction with Neil Pearson

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

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.

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Helene Couvrette
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.

Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY)

MISTY is an organization by Helene Couvrette that provides high quality continuing education for healthcare professionals, yoga therapists, and educators who have a shared passion in the mission of yoga therapy and science.
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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