Find a Yoga for Pain Practitioner

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

More than 90 health professionals and yoga teachers across Australia have commenced Practitioner Training with us. Those listed here have successfully completed Yoga for Pain Preliminaries Training as a minimum and continue as active practitioners to ensure their skills are up-to-date. Many have completed additional modules, and all adhere to a code of ethics that includes doing their best to guide you into the most suitable class, taking your long term care into account, and referring you forward when appropriate.

What do Yoga for Pain Practitioners offer?

Yoga teachers offer pain-friendly classes (best if you are comfortable moving without a pain flare and can adapt postures to suit you), pain-specific group yoga classes (best if you have central nervous system sensitive, get pain flares after movement or are un-accustomed to physical movement) or individual consults.

Health professionals are great for ruling out health issues, and helping you prepare for your first yoga class.

Take an active role in finding your way

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. You should always have a medical professional rule out any causes of pain.

To make sure you find the right place for you, ask questions, consider a one-to-one before joining a group, and read our resources for tips on starting yoga with 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 Yoga teacher

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
Karen Coombes Yoga teacher at Karen Coombes Yogini

Sydney
Vanessa Wynne Yoga teacher and counsellor
Lisa Blanch  Yoga therapist and yoga teacher at Yoga CPR

Alecia Filmer Physiotherapist
Meg Pounder Physiotherapist
Dominique Jolivet Yoga teacher
Niki Isaacson Yoga teacher

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
(Ardross/Mt Hawthorn) Yoga teacher and Yoga for Pain Trainer at Finding Yoga
Caroline Hayers
Physiotherapist and yoga teacher
Anna Struyven (Northern suburbs) Physiotherapist at Silverchain
Gemma Barter Psychologist

WA Southwest
Rosemary Harding  (Bunbury) Yoga teacher 0439 996 405 Arthritis-friendly*

NEW SOUTH WALES
Ballina

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

QUEENSLAND
Cairns

Cheryl Wegner Occupational therapist and yoga teacher

NEW ZEALAND
Christchurch

Jessica Smith Yoga teacher at Jess Smith Yoga

ONLINE
Rachael West
12-week Yoga for Pain online group course and Skype consults 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.