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 online physiotherapy course 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
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.