In this program you will gain a deeper understanding of pain, and what to do when there is pain during asana. Neil Pearson shares his 38 years experiences working with people with complex pain conditions, and with students who are seeking the answer to “how much pain is okay during yoga practice?”
Pain is a complex and multifaceted experience, as much a human issue as a sign of a medical problem. In the evening satsang lectures you will learn about pain from both yoga and scientific perspectives, while considering common misconceptions, such as ‘pain is immutable’ and that we as individuals can only change how we respond to pain rather than influencing pain itself.
In the afternoon workshops, Neil will guide you in self-study, exploring pain care through pranayama, asana, pratyahara and dharana. You will practice a four-point interoceptive movement guideline that will allow you to increase safety, decrease fear, and increase challenge during your ongoing personal asana practice.
Pain Care Aware training benefits not only people with persisting pain, but also yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and health professionals. This program can be your entry into pursuing professional training certification and advanced courses with Neil and his wife Lisa, that deepen your understanding and skills in helping yourself and others towards less pain, greater ease of movement and more peace.
Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops (subject to change).
Neil Pearson is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, and clinical assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He teaches therapeutic yoga, works with people with complex pain problems, and offers a Pain Care Aware certification program for yoga teachers and healthcare professionals. Through his work, medical doctors and health professionals are integrating yoga practices into hospital and private pain management centers.
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