Pain Care Yoga

Pain Care Yoga Certification Course

Building support for high-quality pain care in our communities and collaboration among like-minded practitioners

Designed especially for:

  • health professionals
  • yoga therapists
  • yoga teachers
  • movement professionals


New schedule for PCU’s fully online Pain Care Yoga Certification Course
September 14 – 19, 2020

Our online format has been carefully designed to:

• enhance learning
• decrease time viewing computer screens
• increase access to training sessions
• decrease expenses
• eliminate travel

Part 1

Pre-course – 6 hours self-paced viewing education videos; reading Neil’s chapter on pain biology in Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain; and reading a white paper co-authored by Neil, Yoga Therapy and Pain-How Yoga Therapy Serves in Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management, and How It Can Do More. (Materials provided.)

Livestream education – 3 days, 9 am – 12 pm and 1 – 3:30 pm

Breaks from ‘screen time’ and opportunities for sharing and discussion are timed to optimize engagement and minimize fatigue or overload.
Part 2 

Livestream education– 3 days, 9 am – 12 pm and 1 -2:30 pm

During this time you will meet with and learn virtually from your guest participant.

Post-course – 3 hours of work in which you will complete and submit your guest’s Pain Care Yoga treatment plan.


… the details below all remain same …


Part 1

‘Live’ education 3 days / 24 contact hours

Focus: Enhancing foundational knowledge and shifting paradigms of pain, people living in pain, and  pain care; in-depth integration of pain science

Students gain insights into innovative pain self-management techniques based on best evidence, and yoga therapy practices and a solid foundation in pain mechanisms and yoga philosophy related to pain / pain management.

Daily yoga practices help bring integration of Pain Care Yoga principles into students’ clinical or therapeutic practices.

PCYCC students will:

  • gain knowledge about current pain science, basic neurobiology, and relevant anatomy, biology, physiology, and psychology
  • explore how pain impacts every aspect of existence
  • learn how to use each aspect of our existence to increase evidence of safety
  • learn how “moving with ease” can be used as both a pain education tool and for pain control itself
  • learn yoga therapy skills / techniques for people living with persisting pain
  • create case study reviews / treatment plans

Part 1 was formerly called Pain Care Yoga Workshop

Part 2

‘Live’ education 3 days / 21 contact hours

Focus: Experiential learning

Please note: In Part 2 each registrant brings a person living in pain to attend with them and then continues to work with this person as their case study for Part 3. Submission of a written, individualized pain care plan for the guest is required prior to the end of Part 2.

Guests share information about their pain and responses to the techniques and information at the end of each day. No yoga experience is required.

For those travelling to the Part 2 workshop, a course organizer will advertise in the local community for individuals interested in attending and being involved in a case study process.

Students and guests are guided through gentle movement and contemplative practices. The roles of these techniques in effective pain care planning are discussed, along with views from science and yoga related to their importance in decreasing pain, gaining more ease of movement, and living well.

PCYCC students will:

  • gain experiential learning of the techniques of pain care through mindfulness and yoga
  • build a personal self-care practice
  • listen to the experiences of people with persistent pain
  • practice and discuss pain care techniques
  • participate in group mentorship

Guests will:

  • participate in 3 days of safe, effective practices to decrease pain and improve wellness
  • explore modern science-based views on chronic pain
  • discover empowerment through practical tools to improve ease of movement
  • learn healing yoga techniques designed to wind down the nervous system and promote positive, lasting changes in the body

Completion of Part 2 = certification as a Pain Care Yoga Facilitator; entitled to teach Pain Care Yoga and Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga classes and workshops to the public.

Part 2 was formerly called Overcome Pain Gentle Yoga Workshop

Part 3

Mini-mentorship / Home Study

Focus: integration of pain science with principles and techniques of yoga

Registrants submit a revised copy of the individualized pain care plan they shared with their guest in Part 2. Whenever possible, the registrant documents further assessment with the guest, as well as the guest’s responses/changes related to the pain care plan provided.

Registrants also read, evaluate and write a paper review on three Yoga Therapy and Pain articles from International Journal of Yoga Therapy (links to articles and review template provided).

Neil Pearson reviews the pain care plan and paper-reviews as a university professor, then provides feedback and asks for clarification or further details. The goal of part 3 is to assess is registrant according to their area of expertise and practice.

Completion of Part 3 + Neil Pearson’s Professional Pain Care Mentorship = Privileges and benefits of Parts 1 and 2, plus certification as a Pain Care Yoga Trainer, entitled to train and audit new PCY teachers and participate as experts in PCU educational projects and events.

PCU Trainers have proven competency in providing Pain Care Yoga in community education settings as well as in one-on-one sessions.

Part 3 was formerly called Case study Report and Research Review

Offered in two formats:

  • 6 consecutive days + home study, or
  • 2 three-day workshops + home study

Training locations

Neil and other Pain Care Yoga facilitators offer the PCY certification course throughout Canada and internationally, and now virtually

Lisa and other Pain Care Yoga facilitators offer the PCY certification course in the USA

Certification fees – $1200 (full registration, prepaid)

Registrants are encouraged to sign up for the complete program. Registrations will prioritize full registrants and those who previously completed individual PCY trainings. Stand-alone registrations are possible – please inquire by email.