Find a Yoga for Pain Practitioner

Find a yoga teacher in your area who understands persistent pain, or a health professional who understands yoga in pain care.

How to use the register

Everyone listed here has successfully completed Yoga for Pain Foundations Level Training (as a minimum) and continues their learning as part of the Yoga for Pain Practitioner network. They also abide by a code of ethics to do their best to guide students into the most suitable class that will support you now and into the future.

The yoga teachers listed offer pain-friendly classes (suitable if you are comfortable moving without a pain flare and can adapt postures to suit you) pain-specific group yoga classes (groups just for people with pain) or one-to-ones.

The health professionals are great to call on for help preparing physically and mentally for your first yoga class. Some run mindful movement classes that are good preparation for yoga.

While everyone on this list is experienced and very caring, it’s important to remember yoga is not a medical treatment, and to do the background work to find the best provider for you. Ask questions, book a one-to-one before joining a group course and read our resources for tips about starting yoga when you have pain.

Let us know how you get on!

VICTORIA
Melbourne

Karen Mulholland (Bentleigh) Yoga teacher at Moksha Yoga
Maree Chambers (Port Melbourne) Yoga teacher and community nurse at Yoga Time
Tessa Heine (Mornington) Occupational therapist
Hannah Tregea Psychologist
Tina Bruce
Kate Morris
Kirsten Casey

East Gippsland
Kirsten Mackintosh (Paynesville) Yoga teacher and nutritionist at Swan Cove

ACT/NSW
Canberra

Alana Brass Physiotherapist and yoga teacher at Cor Motus
Pam Bleakley (Chifley) Yoga teacher at Vital Yoga
Marg Riley Psychologist and yoga teacher at Peaceful Spirit Yoga
Leah Epistola Occupational therapist
Alan Johns Physiotherapist
Tracy Rowe
Dr Debra Harris
Lynette Heydenrych

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Perth

Jane Leslie (Shenton Park, Nedlands) Physiotherapist and Yoga for Arthritis ™ teacher at Wisdom Physio
Nicki Walters (Lesmurdie) Yoga teacher at Kalamunda Kundalini yoga (Phone 0400 373 100) Arthritis-friendly*
Theresa Venz (Wembley) Yoga therapist and yoga teacher (Phone 0402 676 329) Arthritis-friendly*
Rachael West
(Mt Hawthorn) Yoga teacher and Yoga for Pain Trainer at Finding Yoga
Anna Struyven (Northern suburbs) Physiotherapist at Silverchain
Simone Levy
Physiotherapist
Gemma Barter Psychologist
Ian Cheok occupational therapist
Julie Sutherland

WA Southwest
Rosemary Harding  (Bunbury) Yoga teacher 0439 996 405 Hospice of Mother Tara Arthritis-friendly*
Jodie Gates

NEW SOUTH WALES
Ballina

Shelley Barlow Physiotherapist
Jan Bavaresco
Occupational therapist
Anne-Maree Patch
Physiotherapist

QUEENSLAND
Cairns

Cheryl Wegner Occupational therapist and yoga teacher

Brisbane
Sonja Varendorff

Gold Coast
Lisa Maria Nordstrom
Physiotherapist

NEW ZEALAND
Christchurch

Jessica Smith Yoga teacher at Jess Smith Yoga

ONLINE
Rachael West
runs the 12-week Yoga for Pain online group course and offers 121s by Skype Finding Yoga

*Arthritis-friendly means teachers have completed introductory arthritis course through Yoga for Pain Care Australia. While their yoga classes aren’t arthritis-specific, they are able to discuss your needs for arthritis and ascertain if the class is suitable for you. And if it’s not a great fit, they have the knowledge and contacts to direct you to an appropriate teacher or health professional.