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Yoga and Science in Pain Care BOOK CLUB WEBINARS

November 11th @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm PST

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 4:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until December 8th, 2021

Are you looking for ways to better help people in pain? If you are, you’re not alone. It is estimated that over 1.5 billion people worldwide are affected by chronic pain. That’s 20.5% of the world population that is suffering and needs your help.

Join Neil Pearson, Shelly Prosko and Marlysa Sullivan, the co-editors of Yoga and Science in Pain Care, and 8 co-authors for the first ever 15-part book club webinar series that will take place once per month over 15 months.

Explore the complexity of the pain experience, dive deeper into pain care, review important knowledge and learn about the practical applications through case studies or experiential techniques with the chapter authors of Yoga and Science in Pain Care. What you will learn can be effectively applied via virtual and in-person consults.

Pain and pain care are expansive topics that will benefit from looking at commonalities across related fields, while people in pain will benefit from sharing and integrating the knowledge and practice between health care and yoga. Each webinar explores a component of pain including scientific and medical understandings, the psychology of pain and the emerging theories in the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of care.

An essential and often overlooked part of pain rehabilitation is listening to, working with, learning from, and validating the person in pain’s lived experience. It’s time we begin the movement towards a more patient-valued, partnership-based biopsychosocial-spiritual model of healthcare where the patient is an active and empowered participant, as opposed to a model where the healthcare provider is ‘fixing’ the passive patient. We will also explore how practitioners can address the entire human being in pain, and how to include the person as an expert for more effective and self-empowered care.

Our hope is that you will gain a deeper understanding of pain, people in pain, and practices to help people living in pain. Read the chapter in preparation, even discuss it within your own organization or colleagues, then learn more from the chapter author. Submit your questions and have the opportunity to interact with the author, and hear how others are integrating yoga, science and pain care.

 

This book club webinar series is intended for:

  • Practitioners including yoga therapists and healthcare practitioners interested in integrating yoga with their persistent pain population to expand their approaches in clinical practice
  • Yoga teachers interested in understanding aspects of the science behind yoga and pain
  • Medical/healthcare professionals who want to better understand pain or want to integrate yoga and mind/body practices
  • Mind/body contemplative practitioners/researchers/clinicians who want to better understand the science around pain and how yoga as a mind/body practice works with people in pain
  • Yoga practitioners or integrative health consumers who want an in-depth read with practical knowledge in this field.
  • Yoga therapist programs and medical university/college programs that require online course study in pain care
  • Schools that have online mind/body programs as stand-alone modules or as part of medical programs and other mind body institutions.
  • People suffering from pain, particularly those keen about learning some practices to help with pain self-care and who want to learn more about the value of integrating pain science and yoga

We also hope that this series will help bring together yoga therapists and health professionals. There is value of blending science and yoga therapy in pain care – for the person in pain, for the health professional and for the yoga professional.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the complexity of pain including the lived experience of pain and the science surrounding pain.
  2. Learn how yoga philosophy and practices can be used as an effective and evidence-informed intervention and provide a biopsychosocial-spiritual framework in pain care.
  3. Practice, experience and examine the application of yoga principles and practices in pain care that demonstrate addressing all aspects of the person in pain and the complex components of pain. Examples of case studies will be provided.

Details

Date:
November 11th
Time:
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
PST
Website:
https://embodiaapp.com/

Venue

BC Canada

Organizer

Embodia
Website:
https://embodiaapp.com/

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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