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Pain Care Yoga Certification Course (Part 1) with Swami Lisa

October 11th, 2019 @ 8:00 amOctober 13th, 2019 @ 5:00 am PDT

The Pain Care Course at Devanadi is a multi-tiered approach to Pain Care wellness education. The program is divided into three levels for in-person and home study.

Students need to do all three parts for teaching certificate:
Part I – Pain Care Yoga: (3days, 24 hours 8-5), OCTOBER 11-13, 2019
Part II -Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga: (3 days, 18 hours 9-4) NOVEMBER 15-17, 2019
Part III – Case Study: on own – but tuition covers the cost of review by Neil Pearson

Attendees will learn:
• Pain anatomy, biology, physiology, and psychology
• How suffering impacts every aspect of our existence
• How we can use the body, the mind, and the environment to increase evidence of safety
• How to use “moving with ease” as both a pain education tool and analgesic
• Yoga Therapy skills and techniques for people living with chronic pain.

List of subject matter:
• Pain science and educating people in pain about pain
• Panchamayakosha and biopsychosocial models of pain
• Pain and the body (tension, inhibition, awareness, image)
• Pain and the breath Pain and thinking Pain and emotions Pain, the doshas
• Specific yoga techniques for pain management Breathing awareness
• Body awareness, breath control, releasing tension
• Re-engaging the body
• Awareness of thoughts and emotions
• Smoothing out thoughts and emotions
• One-on-one and group practices for people in pain
• Integration with western pain practitioners, interventions and teams

All regulated health professionals are welcome, as well as certified yoga teachers and yoga therapists. This course content is not intended for use by participants outside the scope of their license or regulation. CEUs are pending for physical therapists. This course is an approved 50 hour Professional Development Course with IAYT for yoga therapists, and 50 hours of CEU’s for YA for yoga teachers as a YACEP program. With an additional case study this program qualifies for 55 hours of elective programming requirements toward an 800 hour Yoga Therapy Certification with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy School.

In this three part course, attendees in the full training (Parts I & II) will be ask a Person in Pain to attend the Part II workshop with them and then continue to work with this person as their case study for Part III. There is no additional charge for the attendee to bring their case study for Part II, however additional people in pain are welcome to attend Part II at the discounted cost of $250.

Attendees will be directly mentored by Lisa & Julie with their case study in yoga for chronic pain during Part II as well as learn bio-psycho-social and mindful yoga skills that can be implemented into your professional practice and teaching immediately.

Part III, Home Study, “Mini Mentorship”; Attendees will be mentored by Neil Pearson who will give written feedback on the case study and paper review.

A PCU Teaching Certificate is awarded to those who complete all three parts of the course and prove competency in the internship case study and review.


October 11th, 2019 @ 8:00 am PDT
October 13th, 2019 @ 5:00 am PDT


Lisa Pearson


Devandi School of Yoga and Wellness
4401 Upton Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410 United States
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Public Pain Education Sessions

Neil provides public pain education sessions in Penticton each second month, for free on referral from regulated health professionals. While travelling and teaching health professionals he looks for opportunities to offer these sessions in new locations.

  1. The science of pain and pain care.
  2. How the body and the brain respond when there is evidence of danger.
  3. The importance of your nervous system to helping your body regain function.
  4. Pain care techniques for your body mind and spirit.
  5. New ideas and techniques to help you move with more ease.

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Practical Applications of Pain Science—For Health Practitioners

Neil offers conference presentations and weekend workshops to health professionals interested in current pain physiology, and non-pharmacological pain management.

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Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga Workshop/Retreat

This is a workshop for people in pain and for practitioners.

No yoga experience needed.

For people living in pain:

  • Immerse yourself in three days of safe effective practices to decrease your pain and help you live well again. Explore modern science-based views on chronic pain, while empowering yourself with practical tools to improve ease of movement. Heal yourself through yoga techniques designed to wind down your nervous system and promote positive, lasting changes in your body.

The focus for practitioners includes:

  • Experiential learning of techniques—of pain care, mindfulness and yoga
  • Build a personal self care practice
  • Group mentorship—spend time listening to the experiences of people with persistent pain as they learn, practice and discuss pain care techniques.

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Pain Care Yoga Workshop/Retreat

This is a workshop for health practitioners—regulated health professionals, yoga teachers and movement professions.

The focus is on enhancing foundational knowledge, and shifting paradigms of pain, people living in pain and evidence-based pain care.

Come to learn more about:

  • Pain anatomy, biology, physiology, psychology;
  • How suffering impacts every aspect of our existence;
  • How every aspect of our existence can be used to influence pain;
  • How to use ‘moving with ease’ as both a pain education tool and analgesic.

This workshop provides in-depth integration of pain science, innovative pain self-management techniques, yoga philosophy and yoga practices. Participants will gain a solid foundation in pain science, and in yoga philosophy related to pain and pain management.

Daily yoga practices will help the practitioner begin the integration of Pain Care Yoga principles into their clinical or therapeutic practice.

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Pain Care Yoga Certification Course

Part 1—Over the first three days, along with the other health professionals and yoga teachers you will explore current understanding of pain physiology and of the lived experience of pain, while integrating this with the practices, techniques and teachings of yoga. You don’t need previous education about pain or practice in yoga, but you do need a passion for working with people living in pain.

Part 2—On days four-six we will be joined by a group of people living in pain who are interested in learning more about pain and experiencing how yoga can help. You will experience the PCY practices and techniques in a group setting while learning from listening to the experiences of people in pain and the guidance we provide to individualize PCY practices. During this time, you will also be paired with one individual, commencing the case study process required for completion of the certificate. If you live close to the venue, and would like to invite a guest (person living in pain) to attend, then you will be paired with this individual. There is no registration cost for this individual.

Part 3—Mini-Mentorship/Home study submission

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Advanced Pain Care Yoga Workshop/Retreat

This is a workshop for health practitioners—regulated health professionals, yoga teachers and movement professions.

The focus of this five-day program is on developing further expertise, moving beyond foundational principles of Pain Care Yoga and focusing on key areas that will enhance your work.

Come to experience the meditative and compassionate heart of yoga, to integrate gratitude and ritual techniques into your clinical work, and improve patient/client outcomes through application of Pain Care Yoga to specific clinical presentations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss pathophysiologic and yogic views of common regional pain problems.
  2. Explore and experience techniques beyond the foundational practices to gain a deeper skill-set including conscious mindful actions specifically to help manage pain and or psycho/spiritual suffering, mindful goal setting and conscious creation of thoughtful intentions involving personal affirmations, and ritual for better long term outcomes.
  3. Begin to better understand the spirit of consciousness and awareness in pain care.
  4. Enhance facilitation techniques for individual and group settings.
  5. Practice teaching and improve your client interactions through mentoring and peer feedback.

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